Satellite tracks recovering Raylene
SIX injured turtles, which have now recovered, were released into the wild yesterday after treatment at Reef HQ’s Turtle Hospital.
They included Raylene, who weighed in at a whopping 150kg, and at 50 years of age was the Turtle Hospital’s largest and oldest patient.
Reef HQ Aquarium director Fred Nucifora said a satellite tracking system worth $ 7000 was attached to her before she was let free.
‘‘ We will get about a year’s worth of movement from our data taken and we will know every time she surfaces to take a breath,’’ he said.
More than 500 onlookers turned out to see the turtles released at The Strand yesterday. People can follow Raylene’s journey through a tracking website which will go live in a few days’ time. A web link will be posted on the Reef HQ Aquarium Facebook page.
The six turtles were found in various locations along the North Queensland coast and have spent up to six months at the turtle hospital. Mustad was admitted after being found at Pallarenda Beach with a large stainless steel fishing hook lodged in the oesophagus and Porty was found floating on the surface at Townsville Port. Raylene was admitted with floating syndrome.
Anyone who finds a sick or injured turtle should contact the Environmental Protection Agency hotline on 1300 130 372.
To make a donation to the Turtle Hospital phone Reef HQ Aquarium on 4750 0884.