The carcass of a leatherback turtle has been discovered encased in ice near Islandview, N.S., outside of Sydney.

The Department of Oceans and Fisheries says it was found by a local resident. It took wooden planks and a tractor to remove the 800-pound remains.

“This was probably an animal that was probably feeding late into the year along the coastline in the open Atlantic side of Cape Breton,” says sea turtle biologist Mike James. “It probably wandered into one of the inlets as it was feeding on jellyfish. I suspect, given where it was, it probably didn't easily reorient to find its way back out into the open Atlantic.”

The carcass has been transported to the Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Charlottetown.      

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says while there have been some reports leatherbacks in the waters near Cape Breton, this is the first recorded sighting in the Bras D'Or.