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Turtles Safe at the Pet Porpoise Pool

Turtles Safe at the Pet Porpoise Pool

Posted: 29-Jul-2009

IT’S hoped a green sea turtle that washed up on a beach at Hungry Head is on the road to recovery at the Pet Porpoise Pool.
Affectionately named “Kimbo” by his carers, the turtle estimated to be 20-years-old was found in poor health on main beach on Sunday afternoon.
Bellingen Shire Council’s Maree Young came across the badly dehydrated turtle, stranded some distance from the outgoing tide.
 A rescue effort, involving council ranger Brett Hanford, and his son Huon, attempted to return it to the water, but the turtle was unable to swim.
On the advice of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the turtle was taken to the Porpoise Pool and assessed by a veterinarian.
“At that stage it was still showing signs of sickness, a bit green around the gills so to speak, we thought it could have been infested with internal parasites,” the Pet Porpoise Pool’s Greg Pickering said.
But tests conducted yesterday found the turtle also had a large lump in its throat.
“It’s still early days, but fingers crossed he might pull through. He is eating again after being place in the warm water which can be a good sign that he’s starting to recover,” he said.
Greg said about 30 sick and injured sea turtles are nursed back to health at the pool each year.
“We had 10 turtle hatchlings to care for after they were washed up on beaches during the heavy seas in March, but this turtle is only the second adult we’re had this year.” 
 “Hopefully we can get this turtle back to full health, then release it back into the ocean where they belong,” he said.



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