Four dead sea turtles have washed ashore on beaches in New Jersey.

Sea turtle at Island Beach State Park

Sheila Dean, co-director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, says three loggerhead sea turtles and one leatherback sea turtle were found Sunday on beaches in Spring Lake, Island Beach State Park in Berkeley, North Wildwood and the Townsends Inlet-area of Sea Isle City.

Dean says the turtle deaths did not appear unusual, adding "It just has to do with the tides and the winds and the seas."


Dean tells The Asbury Park Press that the loggerhead sea turtles weighted between 30 and 45 pounds each and that the leatherback, found in Townsends Inlet, weighed about 245 pounds.