- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - An official says a dead sea turtle that washed ashore at a Rhode Island beach will remain in place until permission is granted to move it.

The large leatherback sea turtle was found on a crowded East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown on Wednesday morning.

An official with Mystic Aquarium tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2uL3ZZy ) the turtle was tagged by a monitoring organization, but it’s not clear which one. That organization will have to grant permission to move it.

The aquarium had planned to do a necropsy, but says the turtle has decomposed too much already.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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