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Marine Conservation on the Coffs Coast

Six turtles Rescued, Rehabilitated & Released

Six
endangered marine turtles, including two critically endangered Hawksbill
Turtles, have been released back into the ocean today following a period of
intense rehabilitation and care at the rescue centre at Dolphin Marine Magic.
Greg
Pickering, senior curator of Animal Care at the park, said “The two Hawksbill
Turtles, along with the other four Green Sea Turtles, were rescued from local
beaches along the Coffs Coast and brought to us for rehabilitation. They have
to come to us for a variety of reasons, fishing line entanglement is becoming
increasing frequent however the main cause for problems with turtles remains
float syndrome. When turtles get float they can’t dive down which means they
can’t feed and even if the turtles don’t succumb to starvation they still become
susceptible to shark attack, boat strike or overheating. ”
Pickering
continued “After several months of rehabilitation and care, these turtles are
ready to head back to the ocean and hopefully reproduce one day to increase turtle
numbers in the wild.”
Assisting
in the release of the turtles was officers from NSW Fisheries and Ms. Merri
Pedler, a Batchelor of Science student from Flinders University in Adelaide who
is currently volunteering at Dolphin Marine Magic as part of our intern
program.
This turtle
release is part of the ongoing conservation work carried out by Dolphin Marine
Magic who spends at least $100,000 a year alone on wild animal rehabilitation.
The park rescues, rehabilitates and releases around 100 marine animals each
year, is the only facility in NSW which is licenced to rehabilitate dolphins
and small whales and has successfully rescued and released 3 dolphins in the past
3 years.  

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