KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A dead honu was recovered on Oahu's east coast Friday morning.
A beachgoer made the sad discovery near the ledge at Castle's beach. Photos show fishing line wrapped around the turtle's neck.
The turtle was turned over to NOAA Fisheries officials who say a necropsy will be performed.
This discovery serves as a reminder to fishermen to do their best to reduce the amount of fishing debris left in the ocean.
"Fishing gear is the leading cause of turtle stranding in Hawaii. It is okay to help turtles. If people see a turtle entangled in fishing gear, it is okay to safely cut the line," A NOAA official said.
If you see a stranded or entangled Marine Mammal, you're asked to call (888) 256-9840.
For more information on NOAA Fisheries protected resources, click here.