Rare turtle dies in Auckland
A rare turtle which washed up thousands of kilometres from home has died at Auckland Zoo.
The olive ridley turtle was found on Blackhead Beach, southern Hawke’s Bay, on July 13 after possibly being blown off course by a storm.
It was taken to the National Aquarium at Napier, then transferred to Auckland Zoo for treatment.
Zoo vet Melanie Leech said the turtle was an adult male and could be have been up to 50 years old.
It was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration but was in a stable condition on July 15.
However, the turtle died in the early hours of Saturday morning.
‘‘It’s always tough when they don’t pull through. But this was a very, very sick turtle when it arrived, and based on its condition, the odds were, unfortunately, stacked against him,’’ Leech says.
‘‘It was really good that he came in to us, as we could make him more comfortable and do our best to give him the best possible chance.’’
The zoo’s vet team completed a post mortem on the turtle and are waiting on results.