Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Rare leatherback turtle washes up in Denmark

Share this article

Rare leatherback turtle washes up in Denmark
Only four or five leatherback turtles have been spotted in Denmark in the past 100 years. Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr
12:06 CEST+02:00
For the third time in just over one month, an animal not normally found in this part of the world has shown up in Danish waters.
An enormous leatherback turtle weighing several hundred kilos washed up on shore on the island of Lolland over the weekend. 
 
The leatherback sea turtle is the world's largest marine turtle. Its global population is considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature but many subpopulations are critically endangered. According to the World Wildlife Fund, leatherbacks have been spotted as far north as the US state of Alaska and as far south as Africa's Cape of Good Hope. It is extremely rare, however, to see one near Denmark.
 
“We have only seen four or five of them in Danish waters within the past 100 years,” biologist Tue Larsen told broadcaster DR. 
 
Larsen said that the cause of death of the turtle that washed up on Lolland is unknown and he plans to take the body to the Copenhagen Zoological Museum for further study. 
 
The curator of the Denmark's national aquarium Den Blå Planet said it is hard to know why the leatherback turtle suddenly appeared in Denmark. 
 
“It could have been led off course by a warm current and after that it likely got lost,” Lars Skou Olsen told DR.
 
Olsen didn't rule out however that rising sea temperatures could result in more of the massive turtles appearing in Danish waters. 
 
“Last year there an unusually large amount of sunfish came to Danish waters and that is attributed to the higher water temperatures,” he said. 
 
The leatherback turtle's appearance comes shortly after a humpback whale was found washed up near Thy and bottlenose dolphins were reported in the Bay of Aarhus. Both species are incredibly rare in Danish waters.  
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement