• Anthony Oldfield

World's rarest sea turtle washes up on North Wales beach 4,000 miles from home after Storm Arwen!

One of the world's rarest turtles has washed up on a North Wales beach more than 4,000 miles from home.

The discovery of a juvenile Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was found stranded on Talacre beach on Sunday and has since been transferred to Anglesey Sea Zoo for specialist intensive care.

The species is protected with just two known breeding sites remaining globally - both in the western Gulf of Mexico.

Experts say it will have lost its way whilst journeying through warmer seas further south in the Atlantic, probably due to the recent strong wind and currents, as sea turtles are known to travel vast distances.

But the cold and windy weather here is unsustainable for such species of turtles to survive, and it is lucky that it was found alive, as many of the tropical turtles washed up around the UK are found dead.

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