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WATCH: Giant leatherback turtle washes up in Newquay

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:16pm 12th December 2018. (Updated at 10:57am 13th December 2018)

What is believed to be a giant leatherback turtle has washed up in Newquay.

The giant creature was first spotted in the water between Watergate Bay and Porth on Monday.

It was then found washed up at Whipsiderry on Tuesday and the Marine Conservation Society has been told.

Several others have also been spotted off the Duchy's coast earlier this year.

One was spotted in Coverack Bay back in October - with one theory being it was washed close to shore during Storm Callum.

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This giant leatherback was found on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay

Back in August a 'colossal' dead sea turtle was found off the south coast at Polkerris.

It was found by two local councillors returning from a wildlife watching trip.

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This giant turtle was found dead in the water in Polkerris

"When we first saw this turtle we really did not know what to make of it.

"It was the size of a small boat, something Barnaby and Reuben could have both sat on and left room to spare.

"While obviously a sad sight, I hope that the information gleaned from our encounter will help people understand more about these magnificent animals and how they come to be in our waters in the future."

Richard Pears, local councillor

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And this one was found near Penzance

Another dead leatherback was found near Penzance back in August - between Long Rock and Marazion.

A post-mortem revealed it had plastic in its stomach.

Experts discovered that deep cuts on its shell, consistent with propeller wounds, pointed to a “possible cause” of death.

"Prior to her death she was in good condition and had eaten relatively soon before dying.

"She showed no obvious entanglement injuries but had deep cuts across her shell that are consistent with propeller wounds.

"It is not 100% sure that these wounds happened prior to death, but such injuries do point to a possible cause".

Lead Investigator, Professor Brendan Godley

Anyone who finds dead or stranded animals around the coast should report them to the CWT Marine Strandings Network on 0345 2012626.

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