Rare Green Turtle Sighted off Monterey's Commercial Wharf
November 8, 2011
Green turtles along the West Coast normally stick to warmer waters south of San Diego.
But yesterday, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff spotted one of the endangered reptiles swimming off Monterey's commercial wharf, according to a report from the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network.
They took photos (including the photo above, by MBNMS's Chad King) and videos (including the one below). Local turtle experts confirmed the endangered turtle's identity "as a relatively old male Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)."
"This turtle was certainly outside of its normal range, and is considered a very rare sighting in Monterey, especially in such close proximity to shore and a public wharf," the SIMoN report states.