Loggerhead sea turtles spend the summer months frequenting local beaches. And this year, an alarming number of dead turtles have been washing ashore.
According to Philly.com, during the end of May and the beginning of June, five dead sea turtles washed up on Delaware beaches. And in the past weekend alone, six more were found.
These sea turtles begin their migration and feeding season on the Virginia Coast, working their way north throughout the summer months.
In Virginia during the month of May, 58 loggerheads were found stranded on the beaches. So far in June there have been 39.
One theory is that a warm winter and early spring have had an impact on the population. And that onshore wind had pushed the already dead or dying turtles ashore. But experts say that so far, there is no “smoking gun.”