A stranded loggerhead sea turtle discovered on Hayle beach is being rehabilitated at Newquay’s aquarium.

The juvenile turtle is being cared for at the Blue Reef Aquarium and it is hoped it will be recovered enough in time to join three other rescued turtles when they will released back into the wild soon.

The turtle was found by a member of the public on Friday, November 10.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue were contacted by the finder for advice and assistance, and trained volunteer Medics were quickly dispatched to the scene. 

The recent stormy weather and strong currents could have possibly caused the turtle to be taken off course and stranded in the UK.

The stranded loggerhead turtle (Submitted)

Dan Jarvis, BDMLR’s area co-ordinator for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “When we arrived the turtle was surprisingly alert and active. 

“Usually when they wash up here they are hypothermic, malnourished and weak, so it was encouraging to see one still moving around so much.”

“We gave it a visual assessment and first aid before taking it for rehabilitation with our colleagues at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.”

Senior Aquarist Abby Wheston said: “When the turtle arrived at the aquarium we checked for any injuries and to see its body condition. Apart from a cluster of goose barnacles attached to the end of its shell, the overall external condition was good.”

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

Anyone who finds a live stranded turtle or marine mammal in distress it can be reported to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue 24 hour hotline on 01825 765546.