BACK TO THE SEA: Jetty High School students help to release sea turtles nursed back to health at Dolphin Marine Magic.
BACK TO THE SEA: Jetty High School students help to release sea turtles nursed back to health at Dolphin Marine Magic. Contributed

Turtle power as students lend a hand

JETTY High School students studying marine studies helped Dolphin Marine Magic staff this week release sea turtles, including two critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles.

The students have been working with veterinarian, Dr Duan March, as part of the "Scientists In Schools" program and have visited the marine park's rehabilitation centre a number of times during the turtle's recuperation.

"The Scientists In Schools program is a great idea" Dr March said.

"The students have had the opportunity to take part in a really unique experience whilst learning about science and environmental conservation at the same time.

"The student's experience has also made them more aware of the impacts humans can have on marine life and this will encourage them to make changes in their behaviour to benefit the environment."

To stop more animals including turtles becoming entangled in fishing line, Dolphin Marine Magic is expanding its Seal The Loop program where bins are installed at fishing line locations to collect discarded fishing line.

Five new Seal The Loops bins were installed across the Bellingen Shire this week, with another 15 bins to be installed across the Coffs Coast in coming months.



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