A woman was dragged underwater and almost drowned by a SEA TURTLE which clenched its jaws on her buttocks

A pensioner has said she feared for her life after she was ambushed and bitten by a giant sea turtle while on vacation in Turkey.

Lidia Bazarova, 64, was just 10 feet from shore when a giant loggerhead turtle that weighs as much as a cow dug its sharp beak into her back.

The Russian woman, who needed hospitalization for the horrific attack on the Antalya resort town of Güzeolaba, said: “I was very close to the shore – about 3 or 4 meters – when I just turned around on the back.

“Then something grabbed my butt.

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This sea turtle was seen swimming near the beach on the same day. We don’t know if it’s the same animal.

‘It was really scary.

“I didn’t know what suddenly grabbed me.”

The large turtle tried to drag her underwater, she said.

“I was beating the water with my arms, I was drowning.

‘The creature let me go only to grab me with an even stronger bite.

“I don’t know how long it lasted.

The tourist hugged her daughter Kamila, 37, for comfort, explaining: “Luckily a lifeguard saw me.

Terrified tourist Lidia Bazarova, 64 (right) told of her ordeal next to her daughter Kamila, 37 (left)

Terrified tourist Lidia Bazarova, 64 (right) told of her ordeal next to her daughter Kamila, 37 (left)

Lidia showed off her graphic injuries

His attack came from an unlikely predator

Lidia showed off her graphic injuries following the attack, which came from an unlikely predator

Lidia bears hand scars from the horror attack while on vacation in the Mediterranean

Lidia bears hand scars from the horror attack while on vacation in the Mediterranean

“He rushed over to me and started yelling at me. [the creature].

“I guess that drew attention to the rescuer.”

Freed from the grip of the huge sea turtle, she headed for the beach in a profound state of shock, and the rescuer then fought off the beast to finally scare her away.

“I ran for the shore,” Lidia said.

“I don’t know how he was, but his arm is broken. I was fighting my pain and my fear.

Turkish expert Professor Mehmet Göko¿lu said the turtles were likely to attack humans who were in their

Turkish expert Professor Mehmet Gökoğlu said turtles were likely to attack humans who were in their ‘living space’

Lidia, from Yekaterinburg, suffered injuries to her buttocks, hip, legs and fingers due to her sharp beak and powerful jaw.

She had trouble sitting comfortably after her battle with the sea turtle.

She came to this place every other day in the resort town of Güzeolaba, she said, but not anymore.

“I’m not sure I will ever be able to go back to the sea,” Lidia told the IHA news agency.

The hero rescuer was named rescuer Mustafa Sarı, and reports say he was bitten on the shoulder.

The loggerhead sea turtle – called Caretta Caretta – is carnivorous and can weigh as much as a dairy cow.

The woman’s buttocks were badly bruised, reports in Antalya said.

“We thank the rescuer,” Kamila said.

The resort town of Güzeolaba in Antalya, western Turkey, is a tourist hotspot for visitors from all over Europe

The resort town of Güzeolaba in Antalya, western Turkey, is a tourist hotspot for visitors from all over Europe

“Without him, maybe the result would have been bad.

“There have been similar cases before.

“He bit a woman and a man before my mother.

“We want a warning to be issued about this danger.

“It’s terrible that we don’t go to the sea anymore.”

Turkish expert Professor Mehmet Gökoğlu said the turtles were likely to attack humans who were in their “living space”.

“There are cases of bites in shallow water,” he said.

A report says there have been 11 separate turtle attacks in the past two weeks.

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