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Is stench of dead sea turtles endangering Homo sapiens?

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Dead sea turtles are washing up and rotting on Virginia beaches, and homeowners who are gagging because of the stench can't touch the carcasses.

Sea turtles are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, which prohibits anyone from handling them - dead or alive - without a permit.In Virginia, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point has permits but says it no longer has the money to remove dead sea turtles, which can weigh anywhere from 20 to 800 pounds.

The Virginia Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach removes dead turtles mainly on the Atlantic Coast and the Eastern Shore and doesn't have the means to cover the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, said Mark Swingle, the program's coordinator.