Tiny Col finally gets to see the sea

Tiny Col finally gets to see the sea on World Turtle Day

A YOUNG green sea turtle named Col is spending World Turtle Day discovering the ocean after being released back into the wild by Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

Col is the 1000th turtle released by the team at Sea Life since 1989.

 

Sea Life Sunshine Coast released a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, named Col, back into the wild ahead of World Turtle Day, May 25.
Sea Life Sunshine Coast released a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, named Col, back into the wild ahead of World Turtle Day, May 25. SEALIFE Maroochydore

Col has already survived a lot in his short life. He was found by Coolum Coast Care volunteer Colin Ingram, for whom he is name, on his back and in distress on Marcus Beach in March. By then he'd already survived attacks from birds and foxes and been buffeted by stormy weather and wild seas.

He was handed over to Sea Life's turtle rehabilitation team after several attempts to get him safely into the water failed, and has spent the intervening weeks building his health and his strength.

Col has now been delivered to the ocean he failed to reach as a hatchling, with Sea Life experts releasing him into the water near the Eastern Australian Current, off the coast of Mooloolaba.

 

Sea Life Sunshine Coast released a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, named Col, back into the wild ahead of World Turtle Day, May 25.
Sea Life Sunshine Coast released a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, named Col, back into the wild ahead of World Turtle Day, May 25. SEALIFE Maroochydore

Sea Life Sunshine Coast Animal Health Manager Emily Thomas said the release was almost as big a milestone for the Sea Life team as it was for Col.

"To have successfully released 1,000 turtles is an exciting milestone for us and is a great reminder of the amazing results we have achieved in the turtle rescue and rehabilitation space," she said.

SEALIFE Maroochydore released a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, named Col, back into the wild ahead of World Turtle Day, May 25. Col is the 1000th turtle released by the organisation since 1989.
SEALIFE Maroochydore released a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, named Col, back into the wild ahead of World Turtle Day, May 25. Col is the 1000th turtle released by the organisation since 1989. SEALIFE Maroochydore

"While we will miss Col and his unique personality, we are very pleased to see him back out and in the ocean, just in time for World Turtle Day."

As well as directly helping sick and injured turtles, the Sea Life team works to educate the community on the plight of the creatures through daily talks, Sea Life's Ocean Ranger program, and community outreach programs.



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