Tur­tle suc­cumbs to jour­ney

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A rare and en­dan­gered West Aus­tralian sea tur­tle was found stranded at Cheynes Beach last week­end.

Al­bany pho­tog­ra­pher, Rae­line Smith found the dis­tressed and in­jured Olive Ri­d­ley sea tur­tle dur­ing her beach walk last Sun­day.

The Olive Ri­d­ley tur­tle is a highly threat­ened species and its pop­u­la­tion is ex­tremely scarce around WA.

A lo­cal ranger ad­vised Ms Smith to take the tur­tle home for the night be­fore trans­porta­tion to a spe­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clinic in Perth, but due to in­juries and stress the tur­tle died overnight.

“The tur­tle had dam­aged flip­pers and was be­ing ha­rassed by peo­ple and it may have been old too,” she said.

“So un­for­tu­nately it passed away by the morn­ing be­fore the rangers could take it to Perth.”

A Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions spokes­woman said the Olive Ri­d­ley tur­tle’s ap­pear­ance in Al­bany is un­known but the tur­tle has trav­elled a long way from its usual nest­ing spot in the Kim­ber­ley.

“The Olive Ri­d­ley tur­tle is a threat­ened species classed as en­dan­gered in Western Aus­tralia and their in­ter­na­tional sta­tus is also en­dan­gered,” she said.

“I urge ev­ery­one to con­tact the wildlife num­ber for any fu­ture sea tur­tle sight­ings in the area.”

DBCA also con­ducts tur­tle tag­ging in as­so­ci­a­tion with lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal tra­di­tional own­ers and nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers at im­por­tant nest­ing beaches through­out WA.

On Sun­day, a sea lion was spot­ted sun­bak­ing at nearby Cheynes Beach.

Pic­ture: Cheynes Beach Car­a­van Park

The rare Olive Ri­d­ley sea tur­tle. above. IN­SET: This sea lion was found sun­bak­ing in Cheynes on Sun­day.

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