Guernsey

'Emaciated' loggerhead turtle washes up in Guernsey

The turtle in the back of a van Image copyright GSPCA
Image caption Olivia was rescued from Vazon Bay on the west coast of Guernsey

An "emaciated" loggerhead turtle is being treated at an animal shelter after washing up on the west coast of Guernsey.

The endangered animal was missing a section of her right flipper when she was rescued at Vazon Bay on Wednesday.

The Guernsey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) said it is hopeful she will recover.

She is receiving 24-hour care and being housed under a red lamp to raise her body temperature.

Image copyright GSPCA
Image caption The turtle has been coated in petroleum jelly to help keep her moist
Image copyright GSPCA
Image caption Olivia may have swallowed litter in the sea thinking it was jellyfish

Olivia, who weighs 40kg (88lb), is below the typical weight of adult loggerhead turtles - between 70kg (154lb) and 170kg (375lb).

The GSPCA, said loggerhead turtles tended to get "caught up in the gulf stream" but cannot track their movements unless they are tagged.

It has asked private jet owners to come forward to help return Olivia to a warmer climate.

Another loggerhead turtle was flown to Gran Canaria in the private jet of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson in January after it washed up in Jersey.

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