Star­dom for a Far North tur­tle

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A green sea tur­tle by the name of Calvin, which was se­ri­ously ill when he was found on 90 Mile Beach late last year, made his pub­lic de­but at Sea Life Kelly Tarl­ton’s in Auck­land last week as the poster boy for World Tur­tle Day.

Kelly Tarl­ton’s was sell­ing a lim­ited edi­tion keep-cup to raise funds for tur­tles, and aware­ness of the dan­gers sea tur­tles face in the wild and the on­go­ing need for pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion, $5 from ev­ery $30 cup sold go­ing to the Sea Life Trust, to sup­port tur­tle re­search and ed­u­ca­tion.

Calvin will re­main on dis­play un­til he’s well enough to be re­leased into the wild later this year.

He is just the lat­est of many tur­tles from North­land to be nursed back to health at the tur­tle re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, which has re­turned more than 50 of the crea­tures into the wild over the last 21 years. They in­clude Jaxon, a log­ger­head tur­tle, found stranded on 90 Mile Beach in Oc­to­ber 2017 with a se­vere lung in­fec­tion.

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion urges any­one who finds a sea tur­tle washed up on a beach to call its 24-hour hotline, 0800 DOC HOT, with­out de­lay.

Calvin pic­tured hav­ing his weekly health check with Kelly Tarl­ton’s aquar­ist Alyssa Ber­in­balli.

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