A giant turtle being cared for at a South Jersey marine stranding center is making quite the impact.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center called the 280-pound female Loggerhead sea turtle that washed up Monday evening along Avalon’s 10th Street beach the largest ever cared for at the center.
There were no signs of injury to the large reptile but it appeared to be lethargic, said the Brigantine-based center.
Blood samples and a veterinarian exam would hopefully help shine light on what caused the turtle to become caught in the surf, said officials.
In the meantime, MMSC kept the turtle from fellow Loggerheads at the center. Loggerheads, the most abundant sea turtle in United states waters can live 50 or more years, according to National Geographic. [[377016841, C]]