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Mystery over decline in sea turtle sightings

Source: exeter.ac.uk

The number of sea turtles spotted along the coasts of the UK and Ireland has declined in recent years, researchers say.

University of Exeter scientists studied records going back more than a century (1910-2018) and found almost 2,000 sea turtles had been sighted, stranded or captured.

Recorded sightings increased dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s – possibly due to more public interest in conservation, and better reporting schemes.

Numbers have dropped since 2000, but the reasons for this are unclear. MORE