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Tropical turtle found on Albany beach

A loggerhead turtle found on an Albany beach on Tuesday, September 21 2021. (Geoff Vivian)

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A reader reported this turtle between Albany’s Emu Point and Ellen Cove this morning.

Thinking it was sick they reported it to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

A DBCA spokeswoman said they had received the report.

“By the time our rangers went down to the beach the turtle had already swum back into the ocean,” she said.

“So no intervention required, just nature taking it’s course!”

Endangered species rarely seen south of Shark Bay

She confirmed it was a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) which is classified as endangered.

Adult Loggerhead turtles are a tropical and subtropical species rarely seen south of Shark Bay, so it is thought this one may have been carried down here by a cyclone.

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