Endangered Loggerhead Turtles Washing Up on UK Beaches

Posted on February 11, 2008

The Associated Press is reporting in the video below that endangered Loggerhead Turtles having been washing up on beaches in the UK and Ireland. These younger Loggerhead turtles may have been carried across the Atlantic Ocean by the Gulf Stream. Residents are being advised not to put the turtles back into the water becasue the colder water can be a shock to their system. Wildlife officials in the UK are attempting to collect the turtles in the hopes that they can be rehabilitated and eventually returned to the ocean.

Loggerhead turtles are protected by international treaties and agreements as well as national U.S. laws. The NOAA fisheries website has a detailed entry on Loggerhead turtles. Wikipedia's entry includes links to more Loggerhead resources.