August has been one of the busiest months ever for the Sea World team, with 25 turtles currently rehabilitating at the marine park.
The turtles were found between Coffs Harbour and Hervey Bay with injuries from boat strikes, fishing gear entanglement or floating syndrome.
Sea World veterinarian Dr Claire Madden said the team has been inundated with a range of turtle species including Green Turtles, Hawksbills and Loggerheads this month.
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“While in our care, the turtles receive a range of veterinary and treatment options dependent on their injuries or illness,” she said.
“Unfortunately, several of the turtles have come into care as a result of human interactions such as boat strikes and fishing entanglement, so we are urging people who utilise the waterways to be alert and go slow for those below and dispose of their rubbish properly.
“We go through a staged rehabilitation process with the goal always leading to a release back to where they were found.”
See footage of the some of the turtles being rescued and treated in the video below:
“We would like to thank the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Department, Coastguard and the many community groups and members of the public who have helped with the rescue operations of some of these turtles or alerted us to their whereabouts,” said Dr Madden.
The Sea World Rescue Team are on call 24 hours every day, 365 days a year should a marine animal need rescuing. For more information visit seaworld.com.au/conservation