The Sea World team have this morning released two green turtles back to the ocean at Fingal Heads after more than a month of rehabilitation.
The two turtles, ‘Swim Shady’ and ‘Cookie’ were brought to Sea World in late July after they were found floating off Cook Island.
Under the care of the expert veterinary and marine sciences team, the turtles were placed on a rehabilitation regime which included feeding, veterinary checks, treatments and data collection.
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Sea World Curator of Fishes, Marnie Horton said being able to release the turtles after just over a month of treatment is a wonderful result.
“Both turtles’ body condition and swimming behaviour returned to normal and their appetite increased to a level where they were both suitable for release,” she told myGC.
“It is a great outcome for the turtles and the ability to release them back to Fingal Beach, which is the area where they were located, is really pleasing as we know this is a good habitat for the species.
“On average Sea World rescues 50 turtles annually with many coming into our care with injuries due to human interaction such as fishing line and netting entanglements, ingestion of line, lures and hooks or with hooks in their flippers.
“Sea World through the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation is very proud to be able to assist in the recovery and conservation of all marine life and it is always great to be able to release the animals back to the ocean.”
For more information about the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation, visit seaworld.com.au/research-and-rescue or call 13 33 86.