|United Kingdon Turtle Code - ARC Trust download|
|Written by ARC Trust|
|Saturday, 06 August 2011 19:25|
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The UK Marine Turtle Code
Of the world’s seven marine turtle species, five have been recorded in UK waters. They are the leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, green and hawksbill turtles. The leatherback, the largest marine turtle, is the species most frequently recorded in UK waters. Leatherbacks have a flexible, leathery shell and are unique among reptiles in that they are able to metabolically raise their body temperature above that of their immediate environment, allowing them to survive in colder waters. Each summer leatherbacks migrate to UK waters where they feed on jellyfish. The other four species have hard shells and are less frequently encountered in UK waters, where they usually occur as stray juveniles carried by currents from warmer seas.
MARINE TURTLES ARE THREATENED
Please download the Marine Turtle Code a publication by the Marine Conservation Society, with support from Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, Northern Ireland Environment Agency