British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2008-12-18 08:48:57

Loggerhead Turtle Rescue, Orkney Islands

Loggerhead turtleRoss Flett, Chairman of Orkney Seal Rescue and BDMLR Coordinator received a call earlier today by Jenny at the Orkney Harbour Environmental Department. She had received a report from a local fisherman that a turtle had been washed up on the beach at Scarpa Flow. It was first thought to be a Leatherback Turtle but local Marine Wildlife enthusiast Chris Booth correctly identified it as a Loggerhead and is just over 1 meter in diameter.

The turtle is being brought on to the mainland via Northlink Ferries who have agreed to take the turtle free of charge. It will go to the BDMLR Seal Hospital where it will be cared for by Jamie Dyer the hospital manager.

Update 22 Dec: The Turtle was bought over by ferry to the Seal Hospital on Friday 19th December but unfortunately, the poor turtle had passed away. This may have been due to being so cold over a long period of time that its system had shut down. The body has been taken by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) for a post mortem, so that we can find out a little more about this beautiful creature and why it died. Jamie did a full assessment on arrival at the hospital and found it to be a male Loggerhead it's weight is at least 80 kgs and took three people to lift it.

Further details and pictures will follow shortly.

Sue White
BDMLR Chief Administrator