Diamondback terrapin turtle die-off
DEC reopens shellfish lands closed in May due to high levels of toxin linked to paralytic shellfish poisoning
Though the lands remain uncertified for harvesting shellfish for human consumption due to chronic sanitary conditions, water quality in the Peconic River and western Flanders Bay has improved, according to Stony Brook University marine scientists.
Lethal toxin in local waterway reaches highest levels ever measured, but turtle die-off remains a mystery
In addition to hundreds of dead turtles, thousands of dead bunker and at least three sea birds on the shores of Flanders Bay worry environmental scientists.