Myr­tle the tur­tle gets fight­ing chance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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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