Sea Turtle Sighting in Santa Monica Bay is a Rare Event

Posted: September 2, 2014  |  By: [The Log]

LOS ANGELES – The Ocean Conservation Society research team had a rare encounter with an endangered green sea turtle in August, as the reptile was spotted swimming a couple of miles off the Los Angeles coastline.

The event marked the first instance in which a green sea turtle was spotted in Santa Monica Bay. The last sighting occurred approximately 16 years ago, according to the society. Green sea turtles can weigh more than 300 pounds and grow up to 5 feet in length. 

“We haven’t had any more sightings but we wouldn’t be surprised to have more sightings in the near future,” said Maddalena Bearzi, president of the Ocean Conservation Society.

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