NOAA is investigating after a honu was found strangled on an East Hawaii shoreline.
Sally Jane Arapari found the animal along the rocks at Hawaiian Paradise Park.
She said a fishing line was wrapped around its neck and noticed damage to its shell.
It's not clear whether it was intentional or accidental.
But marine biologists say fishing gear has become the no. 1 cause of death for turtles in Hawaii in the past two years.
There have been at least 760 hook or line sea turtle deaths since 2007.
The dead honu will undergo a necropsy on Oahu to determine what caused its death.
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