Monday, 26 October 2015

Endangered turtles spotted in UK waters

ENDANGERED loggerhead turtles have been spotted swimming off the Dorset coastline.
PUBLISHED: 17:15, Fri, Oct 23, 2015 | UPDATED: 17:16, Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Conservationists have put out an alert for the rare marine reptiles, fearing they may struggle to survive in fast cooling British waters.

Loggerhead turtles breed in the Mediterranean and the sub-tropical beaches of the Cape Verde Islands but at least two have managed to swim up the English Channel and could now be languishing in 15c temperatures.

The turtles, measuring up three feet, were spotted near Swanage by a shocked guide who was leading a walk along the coast path at Durlston Head earlier this month.

Experts at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) are warning anyone who spots a turtle stranded on a British beach not to help it back into the sea but report their find so the legally protected creatures can be nursed back to health. See hotline details below.

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