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Turtles In Care 2017

Turtles currently in care:


Hawksbill Turtle

Cooper is a hawksbill turtle that was found in Hook Passage on 4th Ocotber 2017, he is suffering from float and has signs of an old boat strike injury. 


Green Turtle

Squirt is a juvenile Green turtle found at Hay Point and was brought to the centre on 3rd October 2017. Squirt has a heavy barnacle and algae load and is very weak and malnourished. We are hoping that with some rest and food squirt will make a full recovery.


Green Turtle

Mackenzie is a juvenile Green turtle found at Louisa Creek on 2nd October 2017. Mackenzie is suffering from float but is eating well.


Green Turtle

Missy is a juvenile Green turtle found off Hamilton Island on 28th September 2017, she is suffering badly from float. Since being in care she has started to eat which is a great sign, we are hoping that with some TLC and time she will make a full recovery. 


Flatback Turtle

Elmo is a little post hatchling that was found just near Blacks Beach in Mackay on 4th August 2017, Elmo is suffering from float and since being in care has had an x-ray that showed that he has pumice or debris in his stomach. He will undergo treatment and hopefully with lots of care he will make a full recovery. 


Green turtle

Brodie was found on Whitehaven Beach on 29th May 2016, and thanks to Cruise Whitsundays he was transferred to WTRC. It seems as though he has been hit by a boat propeller as he has some sever lacerations to his carapace and his front right flipper has been severed off. Brodie was transported to Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre, on the 12th July 2017 Brodie successfully underwent six long hours of difficult bone surgery and removal of a granuloma from his right flipper which had been badly damaged. We can't thank Jennie Gilbert and Marlin Coast Veterinary Centre enough for their amazing work. It would not have been possible without the help of the Marine PArk Rangers who spent an hour and half with a crane gently getting him out of his tank and for the dedicated volunteers who stood by Brodie's side throughout the whole procedure. Jennie has a fantastic team up in Cairns, Brodie is such a lucky turtle and is in the best possible hands. Once he makes a full recovery he will be moved back down here for release. 


Green turtle

Spongebob is a juvenile turtle that was found on Dugong Beach, Cid Harbour, picked up by QPWS and brought to the Centre on 4th of November. Spongebob came in very malnourished, weak and with a heavy barnacle load but is starting to eat some squid which is promising. After 5 months in care Spongebob was showing little sign of recovery and still very malnourished and weak, on 13th April 2016 he was transferred to the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre for further care.


Green turtle 

Puppy is a juvenile turtle that was found in Funnel Bay and brought to the Centre on the 27th of September. Poor little Puppy had a massive barnacle load on his head, which was presumably there for a long time as it seems to have actually deformed the shape of his forehead. He is malnourished and has very little energy, and due to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre being at capacity he was transferred to the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre to receive further care.


Turtles that received care:


Green turtle

Rose is a green turtle who was found at Rose Bay in Bowen on 13th September, she was transported to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre with float. Rose was not in care for long as her float dissapated fairly quickly which was great, she was released on 26th September 2017.


Green turtle

Monty was a green turtle who came into care from Monte's resort at Hideaway Bay on 4th September 2017, he was extremely sick, malnourished and covered in barnacles and sadly Monty didnt make it through the night.


Green turtle

Gracie is a large adult green turtle and was found on Grasstree beach, just south of Mackay on23rd July. She was transported up to the WTRC with floating syndrome. When Gracie first came into the centre she was fairly stressed and didn't want to eat or have anyone come close to her, however since she has been in care she has excreted about 1m of fishing line. Once she had expelled that she lost her float, started eating and is much happier. Gracie was successfully released off Grasstree Beach on Saturday 26th August 2017.


Green turtle

Luna is a juvenile green turtle who was found caught in the mangroves at Cannonvale beach on Friday 28th July, she had a few barnacles and was a bit lethargic. Since being in care, Luna has had her shell cleaned up and has been eating well. Luna was released off Cannonvale Beach on Saturday 12th August.


Green turtle

Fidelio is a beautiful green turtle who was rescued at Butterfly Bay on 16th March 2016, his rescue was a huge community effort thanks to Queensland Yacht Charters, One & Only Hayman Island and Reef Star Cruises. He is suffering from float and has signs of an old boat strike injury to his back. He is however, well-nourished and a good weight so with some TLC from our turtle carers we are hoping that he will make a full recovery. After almost a year in care, Fidelio was able to be released at Butterfly Bay on Sunday 26th February 2017.


Green turtle

Midge is a young green turtle found in the mangroves off Midge Point Beach, he looks to be suffering from Fibropapillomatosis virus which causes growths on the turtles, however he only seems to have a small growth on his nose, so hopefully we have rescued him early enough that he will make a full recovery. He was transported to Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre on 27th August 2016 to undergo specialist treatment, sadly the virus was too much and Midge died in care.

Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 174,764 kilograms