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Author(s) Anders Engrob / Den Blå Planet
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Sea turtle in Denmark

6. Jan: At the northern end...

6. Jan:

At the northern end of the Waddensea in Blåvand (DK) a live sea turtle stranded on 4th of january 2020. It was a young specimen of the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the most widespread sea turtle species. The stranded individual weighed hardly two kilograms and was too weak to get back into sea against the turf. It was transfered to Denmarks largest public aquarium "Den Blå Planet" near Kopenhagen. Sea tutles reach the Northsea very seldom as they can survive only in tropical or subtropical waters. It is a typical seasonal phenomenon around new year that the Northsea temperature sinks so low that stray specimen of subtropical marine species are washed ashore dead or overcooled.

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Free education material on Wadden Sea and North Sea is being developed. Already available are work sheets and teacher's material for our „Strandforscher”-program for primary schools (in german only).

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