MILFORD - The body of a giant sea turtle that washed up on the shores of Milford earlier this week is drawing interest from local scientists.

The turtle appeared on the beach near Francis Street this past Monday. Officials at the Yale Peabody Museum say they believe the deceased reptile is a leatherback. They must remove it from the beach according to certain guidelines since it may be an endangered species.

Museum experts say leatherbacks eat jellyfish, but often die when they eat a plastic sack or old balloon they mistake for food. They're also sometimes struck by boat propellers.

Museum officials plan to apply for a permit to take possession of the remains.

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