This Loggerhead was found on Achmelvich beach after a storm
No interactions present.
fantastic-looking creature, quite prehistoric!
Entomologist and biological recorder
Yes, this is a wonderful observation. The distinctive features are te large head and the heart shaped shell. The spines indicate this is a juvenile.
Unfortunately, the only turtle I've seen in UK waters was a dead leatherback; its head was mangled by a boat propellar. This was on Skomer and two guys from the Museum of Wales came down for the body. It was on an inaccessable beach and we had to cut it up and transport the pieces in a Zodiac inflatable - we and the boat stank for weeks afterwards!
I have seen loggerhead turtles in the Galapagos, live I should add.
I'm sure this one has been reported but I've added the contact details for reports of sightings below.
For more information on marine turtles in the UK you can go to Euroturtle:
Record sightings to:
> ALL RECORDS
Marine Environmental Monitoring
01348 875000 (24 hrs)
> LIVE STRANDINGS/
RSPCA 0300 1234999
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Prof. John Davenport
00353 (0)21 4904140 (w)
00353 (0)21 4897392 (h)
> ALL RECORDS
Dr Martin Gaywood
Scottish Natural Heritage
> DEAD STRANDINGS
Scottish Agricultural College
01463 243030 / 07979245 893
> LIVE STRANDINGS/ ENTANGLEMENTS
SSPCA 0131 3390111
>EHS Coastal Zone Centre (Portrush)
Tel: 02870 823600 (24 hrs)
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Lat/Lng: 58.1, -5.4
OS grid ref: NC0525