Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre gives new lease of life

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ONE lucky green sea tur­tle was re­leased back into the wa­ters of the Whit­sun­days on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, af­ter be­ing res­cued in Au­gust last year by lo­cal Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice (QPWS) ranger Kay Kunze.

Ms Kunze, who found the tur­tle float­ing off South Molle Is­land, de­liv­ered it to the newly es­tab­lished Whit­sun­day Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre at Eco Barge HQ in Ju­bilee Pocket.

The tur­tle, chris­tened Kay in hon­our of its saviour, then spent two weeks in care at the res­cue cen­tre be­fore be­ing trans­ported to Townsville’s Reef HQ Aquar­ium Tur­tle Hospi­tal for on­go­ing treat­ment.

Af­ter six months at Reef HQ, Kay has made a full re­cov­ery and was de­liv­ered back to the Whit­sun­days where Eco Barge and a team of vol­un­teers re­leased her at South Molle Is­land dur­ing one of their ma­rine de­bris re­moval trips.

Eco Barge founder Libby Edge said this was the sec­ond suc­cess­ful tur­tle re­lease since the Whit­sun­day Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre was opened in May 2013.

The pur­pose of the cen­tre, es­tab­lished in part­ner­ship with Fauna Res­cue Whit­sun­days, is to en­sure that all sick and in­jured ma­rine tur­tles in the Whit­sun­day re­gion are pro­vided with the help that they need.

To date, the cen­tre has cared for over 15 tur­tles and Eco Barge, in con­junc­tion with part­ners, has also ini­ti­ated a pro­gram that en­sures a re­sponse to re­ported tur­tle strand­ing events. Vol­un­teers have been trained by the QPWS to safely and ef­fec­tively re­spond to stranded tur­tles, both on land and in the wa­ter. Mem­bers of the pub­lic who come across a sick tur­tle in the Whit­sun­days are asked to call the RSPCA’s 1300 AN­I­MAL (264 625) hot­line, to re­port the in­ci­dent.

Ms Edge said the com­mu­nity had been very sup­port­ive dur­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the res­cue cen­tre and she thanked all those in­volved.

Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing or sup­port­ing the Whit­sun­day Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre can con­tact Eco Barge Clean Seas at www.eco­barge­cleanseas.org.au.

RE­LEASED: Sheridan Clegg, Brett Al­lan, Luck Saisang and Bill Edge (back) and Bil­lie Edge, Hay­ley Edge, Libby Edge and Kr­ishna Gar­land (front), re­leas­ing a green sea tur­tle back into the wild on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 16.

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