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Turtles In Care 2016


Hawksbill Turtle

Willamina is a juvenile Hawksbill Turtle who was found on Bucasia Beach in Mackay on 28th October 2016, she came in covered in small barnacles and small injuries to all her flippers. After nearly two months in care, sadly Willamina passed away on 17th December 2016, she was very weak and is thought to have been suffering from intestinal problems.



Green turtle

Bailey is a huge adult green turtle found at East Point in Mackay on 8th October 2016, when found she was very lethargic. She was transported to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre for care. It was soon realised that Bailey may have just been basking on the beach, she had no signs of injury or sickness. She stayed in care for a few weeks to be on the safe side before she was transferred back to Mackay to be released on 25th October 2016.


Green turtle

Ducky was found on 9th April by the Aqua Duck crew who found him floating just outside Abell Point Marina, he was transferred to the WTRC where it was clear he was suffering from sever float and a heavy barnacle load. Ducky recovered well in care and was able to be released off Cannonvale Beach on Tuesday 20th September 2016.


Green turtle

Coral is a huge adult green turtle who was found on Bucasia Beach in Mackay on 30th August 2016. She is very old and have a heavy barnacle and algae load. She was found by a local who stayed with her on the beach for 3 hours until help came to remove her and bring her into the centre. Sadly Coral passed away after being in care for just two days. 


Green turtle 

Stumpy is a huge adult male and is possibly the saddest story that we have ever received at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre, with his left front flipper having been completely severed off by fishing line!! Stumpy was found on Whitehaven Beach and after evading his first rescue attempt, he was eventually picked up by QPWS on the 5th of September and was transferred to the Centre. Stumpy was at Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre for nearly 3 months and he had a great recovery so far. He was then transferred to Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre as he was due to undergo surgery on his stump to tidy it up. Stumpy however healed himself so well that the vets decided not to operate. He was then transferred back to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre and was released  on Monday 9th May 2016.

Big Bertha

Green turtle 

Big Bertha is a largest adult female that we have ever rescued! She was seen to be in trouble near Whitsunday Magic and was later rescued from the mudflats at Pioneer Bay on the 24th of September. Her stomach is extremely bloated and she is covered in barnacles. After 8 months in care Big Bertha was released on Saturday 7th May. She made a great recovery and once she got onto the beach there was no stopping her, straight out to sea she swam!


Green turtle 

Danny was a juvenile turtle that was found at the mouth of the Pioneer River in Mackay on the 6th of September, suffering from severe float. He was cared for overnight by Mackay Turtle Watch and was then transferred to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre where he received antibiotics for pneumonia - the cause of his float. Danny struggled to overcome his float and gain weight, he sadly passed away on 20th February 2016 after nearly 5 months in care.

Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 174,764 kilograms