DMR team member Kieran Marshall was recently up at Mon Repos assisting researchers and QLD Parks in sea turtle conservation and sea turtle health.
Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region.
With this knowledge gained, Kieran will use it to help monitor the increasing numbers of sea turtles nesting within NSW.
Since December 2019 DMR has received 32 sea turtles into care, most of these sea turtles are sub adult green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles aged around 10-15years old.
These turtles come into care with an issues called 'float syndrome' where a gas build up inside of their coelomic cavity causes them to float on the surface of the water limiting their ability to dive and forage for food, causing them to become emaciated and develop large quantities of epibiota (barnacles and algae).
Generally the total time these sea turtles spend in rehabilitation here at DMR is about 3-4months and then they're released back to the location where they were found.
If you see any injured sea turtles in distress phone DMR or NPWS.
Join us for the release of three green sea turtles, 9 am at Woolgoolga Main beach Sunday the 26th of May. This will be the last turtle release before winter and we are keen to get these animals back out into the ocean before the water gets too cold!
Dolphin Marine Rescue will be running a BBQ for breakfast from 8:30 am and the EcoGroms will be selling some eco-friendly products such as bees wax wraps to raise funds to purchase a SeaBin for the Coffs Harbour Marina!For the chance to be the lucky person to actually release one of the turtles, come into to Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and pick up a “Trash Bag”.
The person who collects the most marine debris, and sends a selfie of their good deed in action to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to post on Instagram will win the right to walk one of these critters back into the ocean! We hope to see as many people at the release site as possible.
Please check back to our news section regularly for ongoing updates on animal releases, rescues and more.
See you there!