Here’s the turtle.
It gathered quite a crowd of onlookers unsure how to help.
Here’s the trap.
It had two stone crabs in it, but whether they were alive or how long they were dead, I couldn’t say. By the time I came back with my camera they were gone.
These situations leave you wondering what you can do to help.
Obviously in the case of this turtle, nothing. Conservation efforts are underway along the gulf coast beaches to help protect sea turtle habitat (i.e., roping off nests) but threats at sea (i.e., oil spill) await them, too. Here’s an information bulletin from Padre Island National Seashore on the Turtles of the Gulf of Mexico.