Leatherbacks to turn to warm Wales
Jun 30 2006
Robin Turner, Western Mail
WELSH university researchers say one of Britain’s oldest species will be an even more frequent visitor to our coastlines as the water is getting warmer.
Professor Graeme Hays, of Swansea University’s School of the Environment and Society, has led international efforts to save the leatherback from extinction.
His research has led to evidence that UK waters have warmed – leading to more appearances by leatherbacks.
The research group, which monitors turtle populations and their behaviour with satellite tags, has revealed the wide-ranging movements of the ancient sea creatures.
According to this source, leatherback turtles have a fossil record going back to the Eocene (not long after the dinosaurs became extinct).
Leatherback turtles in Ireland: here.