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20.02.14

Storms wash Carib turtle onto UK beach

A three-year-old loggerhead turtle that likely started life in the Caribbean has been washed ashore here in the UK.

It is believed the baby turtle was pushed out of the North Atlantic Gyre, a current of warmer waters in the Atlantic, by storms.

Having consequently been swept north into chillier UK waters, Stormy, as he has been nicknamed by his rescuers, ended up at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire.

He was promptly transferred to Bristol Aquarium, where he is being looked after. Staff are “cautiously optimistic” he’ll make a full recovery.

Bristol Aquarium's David Waines told the BBC: “"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.

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

Stormy, who measures in at 17cm long, is in good hands - Mr Waines has previously rehabilitated and released seven rescued sea turtles back into the wild.

Photo courtesy of Bristol Aquarium.

For more on Bristol Aquarium, click here.

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