PANAMA CITY BEACH — St. Andrews State Park officials believe a dead loggerhead sea turtle that washed ashore Friday morning might have collided with a boat propeller.

Turtles sometimes wash ashore at St. Andrews Park, but it is not common, said Weesam Khoury, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Natural causes such as age or natural predators are reasons why most of the marine reptiles die on land, and some deaths are because of boat collisions, Khoury said.

St. Andrews park staff handles incidents involving dead turtles by getting information to create a report for Florida Park Service biologists and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The wildlife commission is responsible for removing the dead turtle.

If a visitor discovers a dead, sick or injured turtle, they can call the park at 850-708-6100 or FWC’s 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922).