Submitted by Steve on 23:32, 7th Mar, 2016 | 0

Last Wednesday when the team were called out to rescue Olivia the loggerhead turtle she wasn't the only one to be rescued off of the beach.

Shortly after her arrival at the GSPCA when the vet and team were checking her over a crab and some goose barnacles seem to have hitched a lift.

The goose barnacles were found attached mostly to the rear and the small clawed hitch hiker was found between Olivia's back right leg and her shell.

The crab didn't want to come out straight away but the next morning was found trying to enter the pen area of Bonnie the seal.

Without knowing the species or origin of the crab the team asked if Guernsey Aquarium could kindly take the small crustacean in which they have obliged.

Geoff George GSPCA Animal Collection Officer said "We certainly didn't expect to find a crab when we rescued Olivia the turtle."

"We weren't able to get the crab out straight away but the next morning I found it trying to visit Bonnie the seal pup."

"The crab could have come from anywhere.

"We are thankful to Guernsey Aquarium for taking it in."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "We often see ticks on a hedgehog or fleas on a stray cat but we certainly didn't expect to rescue a crab with Olivia the turtle."

"Whether it is a Columbus Crab which can be found on 80% of adult Loggerhead Turtles we don't know and we didn't feel we could just let it go on a Guernsey beach in case it was indeed from another continent."

"We'd like to thank Guernsey Aquarium for helping take the crab into their care who have tanks fro a variety of sea life."

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