To mark World Turtle Day, rehabilitating juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle ‘Blair’ came out of her shell for a thorough health check, highlighting the success of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s rescue and rehabilitation program.
Today in SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Quarantine Facility, Tereza Todd weighed and measured Blair, as well as examined the shell, fins and eyes of the rehabilitating Loggerhead turtle, giving Blair’s progress the big thumbs up.
Affectionately nicknamed Blair, the juvenile Loggerhead turtle was found stranded at Blairgowrie Beach on 30 December last year and brought to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium for immediate specialist care. Estimated to be around eight to 10 years old and weighing approximately 4.5 kilograms, Blair is one of 11 sea turtles to be brought to the aquarium as part of its rescue and rehabilitation program.
From the Exhibit Manager…
“Over the past five months, Blair’s rehabilitation has really gone from strength to strength. When she arrived, she was extremely weak and dehydrated, however thanks to the dedication of Aquarium Vet Dr Rob Jones and our team of aquarists, Blair is well on the road to recovery,” said Todd.
“The ultimate reward for us is to hopefully see Blair to continue gaining weight and strength and eventually released back into the wild. We’re anticipating this might be as far off as next summer, so visitors can still come and check out how she’s tracking in our Ocean Discovery exhibit.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE OUR SEA TURTLES
Of the seven marine turtle species which occur mostly in Australian waters, as many as six are listed from vulnerable through to critically endangered, all because of human impacts such as hunting, boat strikes, habitat destruction and plastic pollution.
“Turtles have existed for over 100 million years and play a vital role in maintaining the health of our Oceans. We hope that Blair’s story can help raise awareness about the simple actions individuals can do to help keep turtles in the wild safe and healthy,” said Todd.
“Sea turtles often mistake plastic bags floating in the sea for jellyfish, so little things like taking your rubbish home with you when visiting the beach can play a major role in protecting these incredible creatures for future generations to come.”