Praise for turtle rescuer

FISHERMAN Ross Whybrow is being praised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service for rescuing a loggerhead turtle entangled in fishing ropes last Monday.

NPWS North Coast regional manager, Alan Jeffery, said Mr Whybrow was fishing approximately nine miles out from Coffs Harbour on the boat, Gamestriker, when he saw the turtle on the water's surface, badly tangled in ropes.

”My Whybrow was able to disentangle the turtle and fortunately in this instance, the animal survived the ordeal.

“Turtles can be critically injured as a result of boat strikes and eating or being tangled in marine debris, including fishing hooks, line, plastic bags and other garbage.

“It is very important that anglers and boaties act responsibly when using our waterways,” said Mr Jeffery.

The NPWS has had two reports of turtles nesting this week with one at Woolgoolga and the other further north at Yamba.

Mr Jeffery cautioned people to keep children and pets well away from turtles that might be nesting as they are highly vulnerable to disturbance.

Turtles are often seen in New South Wales, particularly on the North Coast. The species most commonly seen foraging off our coast are green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles.



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