Loggerhead turtles back in the swim at Coral Bay

One of the sea turtles released at Coral Bay
One of the sea turtles released at Coral Bay Rick Dawson, DPaW

Two lucky sea turtles are back in their home waters of the Indian Ocean after being released into the wild following a successful rehabilitation program.

The juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) were found in poor condition on Rockingham beaches in August last year.

The rescued sea turtles, named Jack and Sam by rehabilitators at the Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environment Centre, were returned to health in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and veterinarians from Perth Zoo.

Regional wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said members of Rockingham’s Palm Beach Rotary Club kindly offered to return Jack and Sam to the waters of the north-west during a trip to Coral Bay.

“Loggerheads are hatched in this region and are known to find their way onto Perth beaches after being brought south on the strong Leeuwin current during the winter,” Mr Craigie said.

“These hatchlings are only 10cm or a little larger in length and may need extensive rehabilitation before they can be returned to the wild.

“We are pleased Jack and Sam have recovered from their ordeal and that Palm Beach Rotary Club has been able to assist with their release.

“The turtles are both microchipped for future identification.”

Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species and are one of six marine turtle species found in Western Australian waters.

Loggerheads are protected under the State’s Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Mr Craigie urged people who find a turtle washed up on a beach to immediately call the Parks and Wildlife Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055. The Wildcare Helpline is operated by volunteers

on behalf of Parks and Wildlife.

For more information about sea turtles in WA visit https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/marine/marine-wildlife

 

 

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Last modified on Monday, 19 May 2014 14:52