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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Rare sea turtle spotted off British coast

(from www.telegraph.co.uk)

A rare, endangered sea turtle has been spotted off the British coast after getting lost while swimming more than 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The 4ft loggerhead turtle surfaced off the Dorset coast during its annual migration from the east coast of America to the Mediterranean. 

It is thought the unusually warm UK waters fooled the creature into thinking it had arrived in the Canary Islands. 

The loggerhead was spotted by sailor Jim Davies off Portland Bill, Dorset. 

Visits to British shores from loggerheads are incredibly rare, with the last reported sighting of a loggerhead off Dorset in 1938. 

In 2012 there were 45 sightings of the more common leatherback turtles in UK waters but only four loggerheads were spotted and all of them were dead. 

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