The giant sea turtle
A giant sea turtle measuring up to two meters (6ft 7in) in length washed up dead on a Spanish beach, Tuesday. The leatherback – the largest of all living turtles – was found in Calella on the Costa del Maresme in the province of Barcelona.
Video footage shows an excavator being used to remove the huge creature. This is the second such find within a month on the Catalan coast, according to La Vanguardia.
Department of Agriculture officials said this particular creature was in an advanced state of decomposition, reports Radio Calella.
The ‘Dermochelys coriacea’ are primarily found in the open ocean, as far north as Alaska and as far south as the southern tip of Africa. Their recent sightings in the Mediterranean are surprising, biologists said, as no more than 10 have been spotted in the area in 2,000 years.
The turtle has been transferred to the Veterinary Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) for an autopsy. Meanwhile, a leatherback turtle also washed up dead on a beach in Wales earlier this week, according to the BBC.
The leatherback turtle is listed as endangered under the US Federal Endangered Species Act and marked vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2013.
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