Researchers tagging large tuna that’s recently become more common in Norwegian waters made another discovery this week that left them trembling: one of the world’s largest sea turtles, accompanied by colourful tropical fish.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) could run both underwater footage of the turtle and photos from above the water line on its nightly national newscast Dagsrevyen, and post some of it on its website Tuesday (external link, in Norwegian). It all meant for an extremely unusual sighting of an exotic turtle not common in waters as far north as those off the coast of usually storm Stad.
“We were all trembling after this,” research Keno Ferter told NRK. “We couldn’t believe our eyes.” The turtle was estimated at being nearly two meters long.
“At first we thought it was a whale, then a shark, before we understood what it was,” added another researcher Otte Bjelland. The sea turtle is normally found farther south in the Atlantic, and in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It’s believed to have made it to Norway with the Gulf Stream, and may also indicate how waters are warming up as part of climate change.