Remarkable turtle adventure
Crash driver unknown
AFTER A three-month stay at a turtle hospital and a 7500km round trip, the prognosis is looking good for a green sea turtle found floating by a local resident in Cape Tribulation Bay.
Paddletrek Kayak Adventures owner/ operator Peter Davidson was rowing back from a tour when he noticed the “floating turtle”.
Peter was quick to call the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which sent the turtle on a remarkable journey of rehabilitation.
The turtle was initially transported to the Cairns turtle rescue and rehabilitation centre, which had no room to accommodate the sickly animal.
It was then sent on to a similar centre in Townsville which also had “no room at the inn” before eventually finding a home at a veterinary surgery on Magnetic Island. Finding appropriate facilities can prove difficult, as turtles require special saltwater conditions to be rehabilitated.
“Three months later we got a call to say the turtle was ready to be released,” Peter said. “The turtle was then driven all the way back to Cape Tribulation Bay - we find it quite incredible the effort that has went into saving this little animal.
“As soon as we took the turtle back on to the beach he knew where he was, it was quite special to watch the release.” Floating syndrome is an increasingly common occurrence in marine turtles, due to plastic indigestion caused by turtles mistaking the growing presence of plastic in ocean waters for jellyfish. OCCUPANTS of a red Suzuki Vitara were lucky to escape injury when the driver hit a small-boulder and flipped the vehicle.
The incident occurred on Escape Close behind the resort Rendezvous around 4.30pm on March 5.
Police said the driver of the vehicle is unknown as there were only two occupants of the vehicle at the scene who both denied being the driver or having any knowledge of who the driver was.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact police on 4087 1999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Back to the wild: Peter Davidson with the well-travelled turtle