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Don Lewis, Massachusetts Audubon Society,
Fox Island Wildlife Management Area

Kemp’s Ridley Found in Pamet Marsh — 7 January 2001

This afternoon a badly decomposed juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle was recovered from Truro’s Pamet marsh.

The tally for this year’s sea turtle strandings now stands at 46: 40 ridleys and 6 loggerheads.  By location: 1 stranded at Sandwich, 6 at Dennis, 19 at Brewster, 2 at Orleans, 8 at Eastham, 6 at Wellfleet, and 4 at Truro.  While beaches were scoured for sea turtles during the season, the more inaccessible marshes are still likely to turn up a few more remains throughout the winter and early spring.  While respectable, this season’s numbers fall far short of last year’s record of hundreds of sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod beaches.  Then again, the weather this season fell far short of last year’s temperatures, too.

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