A fisherman along Northern California's San Joaquin River spotted an animal that very much did not belong in the waters in which he was casting his line: an Eastern Pacific green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas).
"When I first saw it, I thought it was a plastic bag," Dan Maloon told CBS Sacramento. Maloon posted video to Youtube of the encounter, and soon a local expert confirmed the creature was indeed an Eastern Pacific green sea turtle. (You can check out Maloon's video here.)
The turtles are usually found in warmer waters far down the coast, off Mexico, and a small group of them are also typical residents of San Diego Bay. The expert told CBS the animal may have swam so far north after becoming confused.
The expert said the turtle, which is listed as Endangered on the IUCN "red list" of threatened species, is at risk for hypothermia in the colder waters so far north of its normal habitat.
via CBS Sacramento