Turtles seeking warmth fly to Byron for release

TWO young rehabilitated turtles are set to be released in our regions' waters after being found suffering too far from home.

Janelle, a green turtle weighing 33kgs and Alicia, a small loggerhead weighing 5.4 kgs are currently under the care of Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO), in Adelaide.

AMWRRO Founder Aaron Machado said the turtles were found a month apart in October and November 2016.

"Both were in terrible condition, both dehydrated and extremely hypothermic considering the 11-12 degree water," Mr Machado said.

"This is compared to the 23 degree water where they should be. They weren't in the mood to eat, had gut impaction and were very sick animals."

He said the road to recovery was steady, and involved introducing them to warmer water over time.

"Going to 12 degrees to over 20 degrees would see the animal go in to shock. We had to introduce warm subcutaneous fluids to help rehydrate the organs."

He said it is hoped both turtles will be good breeding candidates for their species.

"Janelle is no where near fully grown but it is expected she is getting close to becoming sexually mature. Alicia is only about 10 years old and has many years ahead of her provided she doesn't eat plastic again or get sick."

Australian Sea Bird Rescue's General Manager, Kieth Williams, said they will have the "happy" job of releasing them.

"It would be a real risk of this time of year to release them in southern ocean waters," Mr Williams said.

NSW Parks and Wildlife first need to give confirmation of an import and export permit before the turtles can be flown to our region.

Topics:  australian seabird rescue northern rivers environment sea turtles turtle

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Calls to ban the bag intensify on the Northern Rivers

Ballina Shire Council will debate a motion to pressure the State Government to ban single use plastic bags.

Ballina Shire Council latest to campaign against plastic bags

Body found on footpath near Lennox Head

Police believe the man found dead was about 80-years-old.

Police say the man was found on a footpath

Financial scandal destroys alternative community

Families who gave thousands to be a part of an alternative community at Mt Burrell, west of Murwillumbah, are now trying to recover their investment. Picture: Jamie Hanson

Dream Utopia turns into a nightmare

Local Partners

How many triangles are in this picture?

The simple illustration has been shared thousands of times on Facebook after leaving viewers scratching their heads.

VIDEO: The 'Disco Boob' trend at Splendour

Rachael Millen, of Newcastle, sporting the fashionable chest peace of glitter at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

VIDEO: Festival organisers forced to clarify policy on nudity.

Bieber quit tour to set up his own church?

Justin Bieber on stage during his concert at ANZ Stadium in Homebush.

Bieber is calling it quits on the rest of his Purpose World Tour

Bachelor hopeful ‘didn’t realise how naked she was’

The Bachelor Australia‘s Leah

Her dress was certainly daring, but she wasn't aware by just how much

Phelps shredded over shark race fiasco

"Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," with Phelps testing his speed against that of a great white shark.

People are genuinely upset at the way the race was run

Film boss marvels at Sunshine State

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel.

Thor: Ragnarok success may mean more Marvel movies for Queensland.

ABC's Q&A: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Opposition Health Minister Catherine King on the Q & A panel, left, and right, Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg.

But there was one thing the students weren't discussing.

TENANTS FROM HELL: See the mess left by evicted couple

DISGUSTING: Mess left by evicted tenants. Owner of the Mongogarie property Christine Beatty has been left at least $5000 out of pocket.

Couple were 'living large' while not paying their rent

How Gladstone's cheapest and most expensive homes stack up

SPECTACULAR: This home on Springs Road, Agnes Water, is selling in the mid-$2 million range.

With the market currently low, now is the time to invest.

'We’re goin' to Bonnie Doon!' and now you can too

How's the serenity?

The experience will have you exclaiming “how’s the serenity?”

New life for Bree and historic Oddfellows Hall

TWO CHANGES: Bree Dahl with her new baby Ivy in front of the historic Oddfellows Hall she purchased at auction and will renovate into a house.

Historic hall to be turned into home

Mum buys $900,000 apartment for her 8-year-old son

Tania Katsanis beat another couple of homeowners to secure the winning bid.

The apartment was a 'bargain' as the property market bottoms out

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!