Today, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium said bon voyage to rehabilitating Loggerhead turtle, Rosie, as she was released back into the wild off the West Australian coast.
Earlier this week at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Quarantine area, The Aquarium Vet Dr Rob Jones, together with Lead Aquarist Tereza Todd weighed, measured and examined Rosie’s shell, fins and eyes before expertly fitting her with a satellite tracking device.
Affectionately nicknamed Rosie, the Loggerhead turtle was rescued off Tasmania’s King Island in November last year. Arriving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium severely dehydrated and underweight, Rosie’s early stages of rehabilitation was touch and go, with aquarists and The Aquarium Vet Dr Rob Jones working around the clock to ensure her survival.
The information coming from Rosie’s tag will be tracked via satellite every time the she surfaces for a breath and over the coming months, will be monitored daily to make sure she’s swimming in the right direction.
From the aquarists...
“We’re thrilled with the progress of Rosie’s recovery and confident she is now ready to return to the open water. It’s been an incredible journey watching her being nursed back to full health—she’s made quite a name for herself amongst the divers due to her cheeky and highly social personality,” said Todd.
“We hope that Rosie’s success story will also help raise awareness about the simple actions individuals can do to help keep turtles in the wild safe and healthy. 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 the conservation of these incredible creatures.”
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