HUMANOID turtles with weapons skills have become a native species in Britain.
The popularity of a cartoon series in the early 90s encouraged pet shops to irradiate their amphibians, creating muscular amphibious warriors that were commonly named after Renaissance painters.
However the creatures’ high intelligence and obsession with weapons training made them poor pets, and hundreds were released into the wild.
44-year-old Roy Hobbs was fishing in the River Frome when a shuriken star flew past his head.
Hobbs said: “I looked around and there was a five-foot greenish creature with highly defined biceps standing in a reed bed.
“It said something like, ‘Hey dude’. The turtle was with a large otter that it seemed to have adopted as a kind of mentor.”
A spokesman for the Canal and Rivers Trust said: “Increased sightings suggest that teenage turtles have adapted to our ecosystem, supplementing their natural diet of pizza with discarded kebabs and burgers.
“Although not hostile towards law-abiding citizens, the turtles have become increasingly frustrated by a lack of rival ninja clans to fight.
“Anyone dropping litter on the riverbank risks being hacked to pieces in a flurry of swords.”