More turtles wash up along the Dutch coast, taking total to six

Photo: Reddingsteam Zeedieren

Another loggerhead turtle has been found washed up on the Dutch coast, taking the total number of rare turtles found by beachgoers to six since October.

The latest find is a young turtle and like the one found earlier in the week, it too is carrying a large quantity of mussels on its shell. Normally the turtles remove the shellfish themselves but this becomes more difficult if they are weak.

All six turtles have been taken to the Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam which is the only place in the country with the expertise to care for them.

Once they are back up to strength, the loggerhead turtles will be released into the wild at the Azores. The two Ridley Kemps turtles found earlier will be flown to Houston, Texas and will be released in the Gulf of Mexico.

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