Myrtle the turtle gets fighting chance
MYRTLE the turtle has been given a fighting chance of recovery after being discovered last Friday floating a mile offshore.
Quicksilver’s marine biologist Russell Hore said local tour operators Calypso were taking a tour out to Low Isles when they noticed 50-year-old-plus Myrtle, a 50kg turtle, floating.
“They observed her for about 15 minutes and then Tony the skipper turned the boat around and came back with the passengers onboard and contacted the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
“Apparently she’s in very good condition and she hasn’t had this condition for long.
“It’s good to know there is good cooperation between local operators in these situations.”
Back at the marina, all of the tour operators worked together to wrap the turtle in wet towels away from the sun until ranger Andrew Coats arrived.
“At this stage, until we know exactly what is wrong we don’t know her chances, many don’t have happy endings but she looks good and has a lot of life in her and has a better chance than most,” Mr Coats said.
“It was an all round fantastic effort by everyone involved.”
Myrtle was transported to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where she is under the care of JCU researcher and co-founder of the centre Jennie Gilbert.
“Myrtle is floating and unhappy at the moment, it’s a time thing with them but she was found and that’s the main thing,” she said.
“She hasn’t eaten yet but it’s early days and hopefully we’ll get a positive outcome and get some food in her.
“She’s in the best spot and being looked after.”
Once Myrtle feels better and finds her appetite, the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre appreciates donations to help feed her and all the injured and sick turtles in their care. Contact Jennie Gilbert on 0417 441 956.
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Team effort: Myrtle the turtle being rescued