Stardom for a Far North turtle
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.