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November 28, 2021

Three more sea turtles nursed back to health

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A Green Sea Turtle, in care at Australian Seabird Rescue. (supplied)

Australian Seabird Rescue released three rehabilitated green sea turtles at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina on Friday morning (December 28).

Numbat the turtle was rescued on October 8 at Mobbs Bay, South Ballina. He was stranded on the shoreline and was covered in mud, small barnacles and algae.

After treatment – and lots of prawns and squid – he put on two kilograms.

Penguin the turtle was being smashed against the rocks at Angourie when rescued on October 16. He had 95 per cent algae cover, cuts on his left flipper and scratches on his carapace from the rocks.

He has now put on over a kilo and loves to steal food from the other turtles in the pre release tank.

Wombat was stranded on the beach at Woody Head and was rescued by National Parks and Wildlife Rangers on November 8. He was suffering from float and has made a full recovery, weighing 8.1 kilos.

ASR’s GM Kathrina Southwell said, ‘We ask people if they find a turtle on the beach to give us a call.

‘Please don’t put them back into the water because they will wash back up onto the beach somewhere else.

Turtle hospital tour

‘You can visit our sea turtle hospital for a one hour tour from January 2 to January 18 on weekdays at 10am. The tour costs $7,’ she said.

You can contact ASR on 66862852.


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  1. I was riding my pushie back from the beach along Ballina breakwall at about 12:30 today, and spotted a medium sized turtle swimming close to the wall – it might have been one of those released 🙂


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