Turtles returned to ocean by ASR
FAREWELL, Elli and Harriet.
The two turtles were the latest to be released back to the deep, blue sea after being in care at Ballina’s Australian Seabird Rescue headquarters.
Elli is a green sea turtle rescued at Sandon River in October last year.
Her rescuer was a 10-year-old girl named Ellie who had been holidaying there with her family.
The year before, Ellie had found another green sea turtle believed to be about 100 years old, who was named Sheldon, and had shell injuries caused by a boat propeller.
Sheldon spent six months in Ballina before being moved to Sea World.
Elli the turtle benefited from Ellie the rescuer’s previous experience.
When found, a wet towel was placed over the turtle’s back and then it was driven to ASR’s sea turtle hospital.
The turtle had an intestinal infection.
But she made a full recovery and was released last Friday from Byron Bay
She was accompanied by Harriet the hawksbill found on Fingal Beach in October last year.
When rescued, the endangered animal had nylon rope lodged in its intestine.
Harriet was able to pass the rope, and the gas which caused her to float, while in care in intensive care at ASR.
Hawksbill turtles are an endangered species, nearly hunted to extinction by the late 1960s for their unique shell, known as Tortoise shell