A very rare sighting of an Olive ridley sea turtle was reported in the San Francisco Bay to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. A press release was shared with local TV news stations who broadcasts this unusual incident to millions of viewers and boaters. Please view the article on the KTVU web page or read the story below.
BERKELEY, Calif. —
rare sea turtle has been spotted and photographed in the Berkeley
Marina Saturday morning during a routine patrol and a warning has gone
out to boaters urging them to slow down.
Berekely Harbor Master
Dominic Moreno saw the creature swimming during his morning patrol. He
said the turtle appeared to be healthy, but could be in danger of being
struck by a boater.
Moreno alerted marine biologists and members of the nonprofit SeaTurtles.org to the sea creature and they chartered a boat Friday afternoon in hopes of catching a glimpse of it before it leaves.
I can see it this afternoon or get better photographs from other
observations I can determine if it is a threatened olive ridley or the
endangered green sea turtle." said doctor Chris Pincetich with SeaTurtles.org.
"It's very rare to have a healthy sea turtle inside San Francisco Bay
and with luck our members and friends will share in the opportunity to
see it, learn more about it, and help us protect it and all endangered
sea turtles in California."
All vessels within the Bay are
encouraged to slow down and keep on the lookout for the sea turtle,
which is almost 3 feet wide when breathing on the surface.
turtles are marine reptiles that typically keep to warm waters, but
occasionally are seen as far north as Oregon when warm El Nino currents
carry them beyond their typical range.