A rare sea turtle and seal pups have washed up on UK beaches after a storm

A seal pup named Jupiter washed up in the UK this week and was rescued by the British Divers Marine Life Association.

(CNN)A rare sea turtle and dozens of seal pups have been washed onto the UK's beaches after the country was hit by Storm Arwen last week that brought strong winds and the deaths of three people.

The severe weather, with winds reaching speeds of over 90 mph (144 km/h) in some areas, created challenges for marine life, driving several creatures far from their homes.
Among them was an exceedingly rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle that ended up on Talacre beach in North Wales -- around 4,700 miles from its home in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The tale of Tally the turtle

      According to the National Wildlife Federation, the Kemp's Ridley is the smallest and "most seriously endangered of the sea turtle species," and is listed internationally as being critically endangered.
      Matthew Westfield, the coordinator of Marine Environmental Monitoring in the Welsh town of Cardigan, was first alerted about the turtle on November 28, just after Storm Arwen had hit its peak.
      Tally, a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, washed up on Talacre beach in Wales on Sunday.
      "If they get caught in a current, they can be taken into deeper water," Westfield told CNN. "What's probably happened with this one is that it's been floating around for a week or so, and then Storm Arwen hit it and then blew it onto UK waters."
        Although there were suspicions the turtle might be dead, he said it was common for the creatures to go into a "cold water shock" mode, resulting in their whole system shutting down.
        Westfield said the turtle is suspected to be around two or three years old, as it is the younger ones who tend to wander away from the shore into deeper waters. Its sex is still unknown, as it is difficult to tell at a young age.
        The most surprising element of the discovery, however, was its rarity. Westfield said only 72 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles had ever washed up in the UK since 1748, according to records, and only 27 of those had been alive.
        The turtle has now been named Tally and is in the care of Anglesey Sea Zoo in Wales, where it is under constant watch and has been placed in an incubator, with the temperature being gradually raised around two degrees each day to offset the cold shock.
        "Today and yesterday, with the vet's visit, we're quietly hopeful," said Frankie Hobro, director of the zoo, adding that the cold shock had made Tally "effectively dead" when they found it. "It's going very well at the moment, because it's been very touch and go."
        Although it might be the rarest, Tally certainly isn't the only marine creature to have been affected by Storm Arwen -- dozens of seal pups have also washed up on British beaches, with many of them being malnourished.

        'Lucky few'

        Em Mayman, the out-of-hours coordinator for the organization British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said Storm Arwen had been "particularly unkind" and had led to increased reports of washed up seal pups.
        "These pups are often only a matter of days or weeks old, and have been prematurely separated from their mothers during the critical time in which they normally feed to gain necessary body fat," Mayman told CNN.