Man finds sea turtle in northern California river

Green Turtle (Credit: Andy Bruckner, NOAA)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A rare sea turtle usually seen near Mexico seems to be living in a northern California river.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that fisherman Dan Maloon thought he saw a plastic bag floating in the San Joaquin River recently, but looked closer and realized it was a turtle. He shot video of the creature and shared it with experts.

Marine wildlife experts at Turtle Island Restoration Network confirmed that it was an Eastern Pacific green sea turtle. The species is endangered and most commonly found in waters off central and southern Mexico.

The turtle might have been lured north by warm El Nino waters, but the temperature of water in northern California could cause hypothermia.

The turtle was last seen in Lathrop.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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