a code for reporting
marine turtle sightings in the UK

Turtle stories

Examples of live turtle strandings encountered on the UK shores

Juvenile Kemp’s ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) stranded at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, - Rod Penrose, MEM (Marine Environment Monitoring)

November 1999

: During severe weather on the 30th November 1999 at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, a live stranded Kemp’s ridley was found upside down amongst seaweed ... [read on]

Juvenile loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) stranded at Holywell Bay, Cornwall - Richard Smith, Blue Reef Aquarium

March 2001

A juvenile loggerhead turtle, of overall length approximately 25 cm (10”), was spotted by a member of the public washed up on the beach at Holywell Bay, Cornwall... [read on]

Juvenile loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) stranded at Presall, Lancashire - Julie Ions, Biological Services, Weymouth Sea Life Park

November 2001

On the 29th November 2001, a walker and his dog found a small turtle on its back at the water’s edge along the Wyre Estuary at Presall, just north of Blackpool... [read on]

Marine Conservation SocietyThe Herpetological Conservation TrustSocttish Natural HeritageEnglish NatureEnvironment and Heritage ServiceCountryside Council for WalesMarine Turtle Research GroupMarine Environment MonitoringMEDASSET / EuroTurtle.orgThe Wildlife TrustsUniversity of Cork