They Thought They Found A ‘zombie’ Leatherback Turtle Until They Saw It Up Close

No one would expect to see a colossal zombie sea turtle on a UK beach, which is why tourists were so impressed when they looked at this wonderful animal.

James and Richard were returning from a wildlife viewing trip together with their sons Reuben, James, and Barnaby when they suddenly noticed something lurking in the waters ahead of the Polkerris coast in Cornwall.

We noticed something was floating at a short distance but we had no idea what it was,” James commented. We thought it was a zombie turtle or something.

After getting closer they were able to confirm that it was the body of a decomposing leatherback turtle but it was a very special specimen.

¨I felt very confused, it was shocking to look at it like that, when we realized what it was I felt melancholy and sadness but at the same time it seemed strange to me that size simply floating in the sea so it must be a once in a lifetime encounter, my children will already have to tell his grandchildren in a few years ¨, added.

The family described the turtle as the size of a small boat,  experts believe it may have been over 100 years old when it died. The body is being investigated and it is intended to determine the cause of his death.

Biologists are intrigued by the finding and want to find out if it was infected or why no predator disappeared it. They also want to know the actual age of this turtle


This species usually hangs out and nests on sandy beaches , near the tropical and subtropical oceans, with a range extending over large stretches of the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, and Western oceans.

Finding a specimen like this one on the south coast of the United Kingdom is unheard of because they are in the water, they make their lives there and hardly get out.


Two weeks ago there was also another death of this species in Marazion while another was freed from marijuana ropes and they have been seen swimming long distances.


In the following video you will see some interesting facts about this species:

Unfortunately, this species is classified as ¨vulnerable¨ on the IUCN Red List.

Threatening factors include coastal development, pollution, climate change and the capture of fishermen.

Until when will we understand that the life of other species does not belong to us?

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