Giant leatherback turtle washes up on Barcelona beach… and it’s so big it had to be scooped up using a DIGGER

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A GIANT leatherback turtle washed up on Barcelona beach and it was so big it had to be scooped up using a DIGGER.

The huge turtle was found dead on a beach in Calella, a seaside town just north of Barcelona.

 The turtle was so big they had to use a digger to move it

The turtle was so big they had to use a digger to move it
 It is thought the creature weighed 700kg

It is thought the creature weighed 700kg

Video footage shows a CAT digger lifting the beast onto the back of a truck parked up beside the sand.

It was estimated to weigh around 700kg.

This is the second leatherback turtle to wash up on a Catalan beach in the past month.

A fisherman found a 300kg turtle on the beach in Vilanova i la Geltrú, just south of Barcelona, at the beginning of September.

The turtles are considered rare in Catalonia, and are usually found in tropical and subtropical waters.

A biologist in Calella, Pere Alzina, told Nine.com.au that finding a “nesting area for leatherback turtles in the Mediterranean could result in a big surprise and discovery for the scientific community”.

 This is the second turtle to wash up on the Catalan coast in a month

This is the second turtle to wash up on the Catalan coast in a month

És l’espècie de tortuga marina més gran. Uns pescadors l’han trobat enganxada a la xarxa. Se li practicarà la necròpsia 2/2 pic.twitter.com/u9E2iv64Ta

— Agents Rurals (@agentsruralscat) August 31, 2017

Leatherback turtles can grow up to seven foot long are are the largest species of sea turtle.

The turtle found in Calella is to be taken to the Autonomous University of Barcelona where it will undergo tests.

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