comscore Threatened sea turtle found dead in trash at beach park | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Threatened sea turtle found dead in trash at beach park

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A dead sea turtle that was found discarded in trash at a beach park in Waianae, Hawaii. Hawaii News Now reports yellow caution tape was wrapped around the charcoal bin where the turtle was found surrounded by trash and beer bottles on Sunday at Maili Beach Park.
[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

Federal officials will conduct research on a threatened green sea turtle that was found dead in some trash at a Waianae beach park.

Yellow caution tape was wrapped around the charcoal bin where the turtle was found surrounded by garbage and beer bottles Sunday at Maili Beach Park, Honolulu news station Hawaii News Now reported.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contracted University of Hawaii students to pick up the body so the agency can determine what killed the animal that is protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

“To the best of their ability, they go out and try to find the animal that has washed up or is stranded somewhere to provide assistance if it’s injured,” said Pat Opay with the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office.

It’s disrespectful for a creature that’s highly revered in Hawaiian culture to end up in the trash, said Kehau Watson-Sproat, owner of Native Hawaiian advocacy group Honua Consulting.

“It’s incredibly disheartening and even sickening to see an animal thrown away with the trash,” she said. The animals were particularly revered among those with chiefly status, she said.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up