Saturday, 22 February 2014

Aquarium optimistic over washed ashore turtle's recovery

A baby turtle washed ashore during the recent storms is "extremely fortunate" to be alive, experts have said.

The stricken loggerhead turtle was found by a member of the public at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire.

He is now recovering in a special quarantine tank at Bristol Aquarium, which says "he was very poorly indeed" when he arrived.

Nicknamed 'Stormy', the turtle is 17cms (6.7in) long and is thought to have begun life in the Caribbean or Mexico.

"It's extremely fortunate he was found alive as loggerheads simply would not be able to survive for any length of time in British waters," said Bristol Aquarium's David Waines.

"They are prone to hypothermia and are vulnerable to getting caught in fishing nets and other marine flotsam and jetsam."

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