Turtles Currently in Care 2020
We currently have no turtles at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre.
Turtles Previously in Care in 2019
Luigi – Green Turtle
Luigi is a juvenile green turtle who came into care on 9th October, he was very malnourished and lethargic, despite all our care and love, Luigi peacefully passed away on 11th November.
Mason – Green Turtle
Mason is an adult male Green Turtle who arrived in care on 7th October, it was clear that Mason had just been basking on the beach and was otherwise very healthy. We cleaned him up, fed him and monitored him for 5 days before releasing him on 12th October.
Striker – Green Turtle
Striker is an adult Green turtle found in Mackay on 20th September, she had a tag which we looked into and found that she had been tagged nesting in Wreck Island in 1983 and then again in 1999. She was very old and sadly passed away in care on 23rd September.
Hazel – Green Turtle
Hazel is a sub-adult green turtle found in the tidal area in front of Cane Cockies Beach, Shute Harbour on 13th July 2019. She was found entangled in fishing line and lures and had a severed front right flipper from the entanglement. Hazel is doing well in care so far, such an injury will take some time to heal. After a magnificent recovery, Hazel was released back into the Whitsunday waters on 9th October 2019.
Anastasia – Green Turtle
Anastasia was found on the mudflats at Port of Airlie on 27th July 2019, once in care it was clear that she had just been basking in the sun. She was released back out into the Whitsunday waters.
Tommy – Green Turtle
Tommy is a juvenile Green turtle who came in from Seaforth on 17th July 2019, he was suffering from float and Fibropapillomatosis virus, he recovered very well from his float and was transferred the Cairns Turtle Rehab Hospital on 20th September for further treatment to help with the virus. We are hoping he will make a full recovery.
Bruce – Green Turtle
Bruce is a juvenile green turtle found on Half Tide Beach, Mackay on 28th June 2019. He was suffering from float and had a heavy barnacle and algae load. He did amazingly well in care, and was able to be released on 14th August 2019.
Luna – Green Turtle
Luna is a juvenile green turtle found near the VMR Boat ramp on 2nd June 2019. She had a heavy barnacle and algae load, she had no other signs of illness or injury so she was cleaned up and released back into the Whitsunday waters on 6th June 2019.
Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre History
Since May 2013, 102 turtles have been cared for at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre, with 52 turtles making a remarkable recovery and being able to be released back into the wild.