The olive tree turtle is usually found in Mexico or the Canary Islands
Sunday 19 January 2020, 21:33
Two swimmers were praised for saving a rare one sea turtle in East Sussex, thousands of miles from where it is usually found in Mexico or the Canary Islands.
Emma Holter and Lisa Glandfield spotted the injured olive tortoise 20 meters from Seaford beach while swimming.
Taking him safely to shore, they wrapped a towel around the turtle that had wounds to his face and shell.
Lisa’s Nettie Glandfield said to the BBC, “We thought she might be dead, but occasionally she made a little movement. The beach was windy, so we wrapped her in a wet towel to keep her a little warmer and sheltered, until the vet’s coming. It wasn’t very big, as big as a Jack Russell, and it’s so far from home. “
Dr. Sky Yates, a vet who helped with the rescue, said it was “so bizarre” to see the turtle on Seaford beach and praised the swimmers for doing “a great job” in saving him.
The turtle was brought to the Brighton Sea Life Center for treatment after swimmers called British Divers Marine Life Rescue for assistance.
Corinne Gordon, a marine doctor, said the team “really hoped” that the turtle could survive.
“He has some damage but his injuries are not life-threatening,” he said. However, it is a great concern that it only had a temperature of 10.8 ° C at the time of harvest. He’s in cold shock. “
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It is not the first time that an olive tortoise – so named for the color of their shells, which have an olive green hue – has found its way to British waters.
One of the species was discovered off the north coast of Wales in 2016.
Although they are currently the most abundant of all sea turtles, the ridiculous olive turtle is listed as vulnerable due to the face they nest in a very limited number of places, according to the WWF.
This means that even disturbances at a single nest beach could have huge repercussions for the entire population of the species, the organization says.