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Stranded turtle rescued at Newquay's Holywell Bay

The turtle was found at Holywell Bay with a damaged shell, believed to have been cause by storms. Photo: Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

A young sea turtle has been rescued by a passer-by after it washed up on a Cornish beach.

It was found at Holywell Bay near Newquay last Friday with a damaged shell, which may have been caused by recent storms.

It is now receiving treatment at the Blue Reef Aquarium also in Newquay.

When the turtle arrived at the aquarium we could see there was damage to the shell and the turtle appeared to be extremely weak and dehydrated. The recent stormy weather and strong currents could have possibly caused the turtle harm and to become stranded on the beach.”

– Lara Heaney, Displays Supervisor
Anyone who finds a stranded animal is urged to get in touch with British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

The team say the turtle is responding well and is feeding regularly.

There has been an initial response from the turtle who has been feeding and showing signs of getting stronger. Although it is still very early days, we are hopeful for the turtle’s survival.”

– Lara Heaney, Displays Supervisor

Anyone who finds a turtle or any marine animal stranded or distressed is asked to report to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue 24-hour hotline: 01825 765546.