Pool takes care of our terrific turtle friends

TODAY is World Turtle Day - a special day for everyone to recognise the everyday plight of our slow-moving friends in a shell.

And the Pet Porpoise Pool is doing just that, setting up to release four green sea turtles that have been rehabilitated over past months.

As soon as weather premits, the four healthy turtles will be released back into the big blue. But they are the lucky ones.

National Parks and Wildlife Services Clarence Coast area manager, Andrew Lugg, said the Clarence Coast region sees anywhere between 20 and 30 turtles discovered injured or sick along the coast each year.

Around 50 per cent of those are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

"The majority of turtles we find have a bacterial disease, but we do find them after they have ingested netting, fishing line and hook, and occasionally with propellor wounds," Mr Lugg said.

He said that if you see a turtle ashore, you should report it.

"Turtles only come to the beach for nesting or if they aren't well - and it's pretty obvious when they're nesting," Mr Lagg said.

"So if you see a turtle on the beach, report it to National Parks, we can assess it and perhaps bring it for rehabilitation."


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