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Turtles In Care 2017

Turtles currently in care:

Fidelio

Green turtle

Fidelio is a beautiful green turtle who was rescued at Butterfly Bay on 16th March 2016, his rescue was a huge community effort thanks to Queensland Yacht Charters, One & Only Hayman Island and Reef Star Cruises. He is suffering from float and has signs of an old boat strike injury to his back. He is however, well-nourished and a good weight so with some TLC from our turtle carers we are hoping that he will make a full recovery. After almost a year in care, Fidelio was able to be released at Butterfly Bay on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Brodie

Green turtle

Brodie was found on Whitehaven Beach on 29th May 2016, and thanks to Cruise Whitsundays he was transferred to WTRC. It seems as though he has been hit by a boat propeller as he has some sever lacerations to his carapace and his front right flipper has been severed off. Brodie will rest in care here at the WTRC before being transferred up to the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre for further treatment.

Spongebob

Green turtle

Spongebob is a juvenile turtle that was found on Dugong Beach, Cid Harbour, picked up by QPWS and brought to the Centre on 4th of November. Spongebob came in very malnourished, weak and with a heavy barnacle load but is starting to eat some squid which is promising. After 5 months in care Spongebob was showing little sign of recovery and still very malnourished and weak, on 13th April 2016 he was transferred to the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre for further care.

Puppy

Green turtle 

Puppy is a juvenile turtle that was found in Funnel Bay and brought to the Centre on the 27th of September. Poor little Puppy had a massive barnacle load on his head, which was presumably there for a long time as it seems to have actually deformed the shape of his forehead. He is malnourished and has very little energy, and due to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre being at capacity he was transferred to the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre to receive further care.

Midge

Green turtle

Midge is a young green turtle found in the mangroves off Midge Point Beach, he looks to be suffering from Fibropapillomatosis virus which causes growths on the turtles, however he only seems to have a small growth on his nose, so hopefully we have rescued him early enough that he will make a full recovery. He was transported to Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre on 27th August 2016 to undergo specialist treatment.

Turtles that received care:

Fidelio

Green turtle

Fidelio is a beautiful green turtle who was rescued at Butterfly Bay on 16th March 2016, his rescue was a huge community effort thanks to Queensland Yacht Charters, One & Only Hayman Island and Reef Star Cruises. He is suffering from float and has signs of an old boat strike injury to his back. He is however, well-nourished and a good weight so with some TLC from our turtle carers we are hoping that he will make a full recovery. After almost a year in care, Fidelio was able to be released at Butterfly Bay on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 153,152 kilograms