Death Toll Rises to Twelve in Indian Neck Marsh
4 November 2000
This mornings low tide uncovered the remains of a
seven-year-old male diamondback terrapin in a salt marsh rivulet south of Indian
Necks Fox Island. His unmarked, unscarred 11.3-centimeter carapace held a
largely decomposed body, missing head and most limbs. Only his thick male
tail remained largely intact.
The southwest section of this marsh system between Wise
Hill and Field Point, where about half of last years dead turtles were
discovered, remains to be searched. Mid-November flood tides may
also flush carcasses trapped in mud and high marsh grasses into more accessible
creeks and rivulets.