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Sea turtles are occasionally seen around the Isles of Scilly, normally offshore in deep water. Leatherback turtles may pass by Scilly on their migration routes as they search for shoals of jellyfish to eat.

Sadly Sea turtles are globally threatened and their biggest threat in our waters is choking on plastic which they accidentally swallow.

Rarely a turtle gets stranded in Scilly and needs assistance. If you ever come across a stranded turtle you should contact British Divers Marine Life Rescue (if it is alive) on their hotline 01825 765546 or the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network (if it is dead) on their 24 hour number 0845 201 2626.

Leatherback turtle stranding, photograph by David Mawer