Loggerhead turtle washes ashore in Rehoboth Beach

Found near north end of Boardwalk, appears to have been struck by boat propeller
May 26, 2022

Story Location:
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Henlopen Hotel
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
United States

A dead loggerhead sea turtle washed ashore May 26 in Rehoboth Beach, near the north end of the Boardwalk.

Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute volunteers responded to the scene. One of the volunteers said the turtle had been found against the rock wall and appeared to be dead from a boat propeller strike.

“It’s a shame,” said the volunteer, who declined to be identified.

If a person comes across a turtle or other marine wildlife, the best thing to do is to keep a distance and report sightings to MERR via a 24-hour reporting hotline, 302-228-5029. The stranding specialists from MERR will evaluate the animal for any signs of injury or illness, and will provide rescue if needed. In the case of a healthy, resting animal, MERR will set up a watch throughout the day to help it rest undisturbed.

The loggerhead sea turtle is a federally listed threatened species and a state-listed endangered species in Delaware. On the East Coast, loggerheads typically nest on sandy beaches from North Carolina to Florida.

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