Weymouth SeaLife Park has seen an instant baby boom in turtles – after snapping up more than 200 of them that arrived illegally at Heathrow Airport.
The Mississippi Map turtles – each the size of a 50 pence piece – were seized by customs officials after they were flown in from the US.
They were destined for the British pet trade but the importers didn’t have the correct paperwork and so they were seized.
The baby reptiles – worth a total of £2,000 – have been handed over to the SeaLife centres in Weymouth, and Scarborough.
READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 3rd February 2009