a code for reporting
marine turtle sightings in the UK

You can help in the effort to protect endangered marine turtles by providing information about your encounters with these spectacular creatures in UK waters.

There is no offence if turtles are caught accidentally in fishing gear. Nor is it an offence to help turtles if entangled or stranded, or temporarily to hold dead turtles for later examination by experts.

1 Facts you should know



...an encounter with a marine turtle at sea or on a beach.

Stranding information

Stranding information

What to do if you find an entangled or stranded marine turtle.

Interactive ID Key

Interactive ID guide

Learn to differentiate between the marine turtles found in UK waters.

Production of this website was funded by
Marine Conservation Society
with support from
Cheltenham & Gloucester endorsed by:

Defra - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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