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I turtle-y LOVE your new look! Sea creature’s shell looks fluffy thanks to thick coating of seaweed

January 10, 2018 3:13 PM
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Turtles are not known to be the cuddliest of animals, but this particular reptile looks like it is covered in a fluffy coat thanks to algae and seaweed covering its shell.

The Logger Head Turtle's head and legs appear to be covered in tiny barnacles and tiny bits of sea weed.

Algae growing on a turtle's shell is not harmful, and most wild turtles have some growing on their carapace - top shell. However it is not known what effect such a large extent of growths may have on a turtle.

Australian photographer Craig Perry, 37, snapped the turtle during a dive through the Pass reef in Byron Bay, Australia last month.

Mr Perry said: 'He appeared to be very active around me and not shy but obviously in need of a good clean.

'In all my years of diving I haven't come across such a 'fluffy' turtle.

'I was surprised to see such growth on the turtle's shell and I was concerned about its overall health but turtles are incredible at healing.


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