Turtle found on Holywell Bay beach after 4,750-mile trip across the Atlantic Ocean has died
http://casasilva.com.br/556-dpt49170-namoro-em-itabuna.html It initially seemed like this story would have a happy ending
play zynga poker Dave Hudson, a photographer and marine conservation student, found the Kemps Ridley Turtle trapped in ghost nets at Hollywell Bay on Friday (December 8) while out walking his husky dog Nyx.
888 poker no deposit He literally stumbled across the a barely alive and stranded animal, which, as a species, is listed as being critically endangered, was not moving and Mr Hudson feared it might be dead.
Karakul’ thai gay couple instagram For the past week the young turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, has been receiving rehabilitation treatment at Newquay ’s Blue Reef Aquarium. However despite an “encouraging” initial response to treatment, its injuries were too extensive and it was too weak to recover completely.
fairground slots “When the turtle arrived at the aquarium it was very weak from its ordeal,” said curator Steve Matchett. “Plus, we could see that there was extensive damage to the shell.
“When turtles end up off course and enter cold waters they can quickly become exhausted and are unable to feed as they get too cold.
“This greatly weakens the turtle and by the time they have washed ashore, sometimes receiving further injuries from collisions with shore-line rocks, they are dehydrated and very weak.”
Blue Reef Aquarium, which has successfully rescued and rehabilitated several marine turtles, suggested that if anyone finds a marine animal in distress in the future they should report it to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue 24 hour hotline on (01825) 765546.
At the time of the discovery Mr Hudson said: « I came across this little fella amongst the ghost nets. It was barely alive but just about holding on.
« It turns out it’s a Kemps Ridley Turtle, which is critically endangered and usually residing in the Mexico or Texas area. »
Mr Hudson said this type of turtle should not be seen in British waters but must have drifted across the ocean as it got hit by the cold and seized up.
Last week he told Cornwall Live: « This guy is really lucky. When turtles get cold they go into cold shock and become much more passive and just go where the current takes them. With strong south-westerly winds that’s how it ended up in Cornwall. He’s very lucky to still be alive and still very poorly now. »
Mr Hudson said it was the first turtle that he has found but several species do appear in British waters from time-to-time.
The turtle he found was a 30cm juvenile.
He added: « There used to be loads of them but then we as humans started commercially fishing them for turtle soup and turtleshell goods, but that was stopped in the 1960s I think and through a concerted conservation effort their numbers are increasing. »
Mr Hudson, a diver, has freed seals from ghost nets in the past but the turtle was a first. He said it was covered with sand and there was little movement.
But once he picked it up the turtle, which is understood to have travelled some 4,750 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to end up in Cornwall, revived.
The discovery happened as a recent report from marine biologists at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus found that hundreds of marine turtles died every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans while others were forced to live attached to debris bigger than their own bodies.
A worldwide survey of 106 marine experts by the university found that 91% of entangled turtles were found dead, with many having suffered serious wounds which have amputated limbs or chocked them to death.
Others that survived are forced to drag huge mounds of discarded rubbish or debris with them until they die.
Professor Brendan Godley, professor of conservation science, director of the Centre for Ecology & Conservation at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus and the lead author, warned that as plastic pollution increased more and more turtles were likely to become entangled.
He said: « Plastic rubbish in the oceans, including lost or discarded fishing gear which is not biodegradable, is a major threat to marine turtles.
« We found, based on beach strandings, that more than 1000 turtles are dying a year after becoming tangled up, but this is almost certainly a gross underestimate. Young turtles and hatchings are particularly vulnerable to entanglement.
« Experts we surveyed found that entanglement in plastic and other pollution could pose a long-term impact on the survival of some turtle populations and is a greater threat to them than oil spills.
« We need to cut the level of plastic waste and purse biodegradable alternatives if we are to tackle this grave threat to turtles’ welfare. »