Dozens of dead turtles found at Jersey Shore beach

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Dozens of dead turtles were found this week at a beach on the Jersey Shore.

Investigators say a woman found them spread across the beach in Sea Isle City on Memorial Day.

A crab trap was apparently to blame. The trap is supposed to have turtle guards.

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"When we got there we saw about 65 turtles in a grouping and about 10 feet away was a commercial crab trap," says Chief Renny Steele, of the Sea Isle City beach patrol. "I've been here since 1968 and I've never seen something of this nature. The crab trap was cut, the line was cut."

No one has taken responsibility for the incident.

The beach patrol is handing the crab trap over  to state wildlife regulators to investigate.

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