Thursday 16 July, 2020

Watch: Endangered Green Turtle returns to the sea after injury

Photo courtesy the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation.

Photo courtesy the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation.

Update June 1, 2020:

A juvenile Green Turtle, which was taken in for treatment after suffering a gash to the head, was rehabilitated and returned to the ocean last week.

According to a video update from the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation, the Green Turtle was seen being returned to the ocean near Chaguaramas on Saturday.

Director of the Centre, Ricardo Meade, along with Dr Carla Phillips Savage of the Trinidad and Tobago Marine Mammal Stranding Network, said the animal suffered a laceration through the centre of its head and it was found at Monos Island lying on the shore. 

She said the laceration was not too deep and they were able to treat it and patch it so that it would not be infected, and the animal responded well. 

She said this is a good sign that this endangered animal can be returned. 

"It's time to go home," Meade said. 

The Green Turtle was placed in an area where turtles were spotted previously and he said the turtle's journey back to sea would be monitored. 

This is the second incident in which a turtle has been harmed in recent weeks. Earlier this week a Hawksbill turtle was found floating in the waters of Las Cuevas beach. 

Five species of turtle - Green Turtle, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Ridley sea Turtle, and the Leatherback Turtle, are all protected by law.

The endangered Leatherback turtle has been listed as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS).

According to worldwildlife.org, nearly all species of turtle are endangered, with three of those species listed as critically endangered. 

 

Original story:

An injured Green Turtle which appeared to have been cut on its head was rescued and taken in for treatment, according to local NGO the El Soccoro Centre for Wildlife Conservation (ECWC).

The group said via a social media post that the cause of the injury was unknown, however, the juvenile turtle, which was found at Monos Island, was being treated. 

"At the ECWC we admit and treat all types of wildlife including the aquatic ones. On Wednesday we admitted a juvenile green sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas) with a huge gash on the top of its head."

"The exact cause of the laceration is unknown but the animal needed some assistance and we are happy that the local Marine Mammal Stranding Network spearheaded the rescue."

The group said Dr Carla Phillips of the Trinidad and Tobago Marine Mammal Stranding Network was on hand to rescue the turtle and bring it to the Centre.

"Dr. Carla Philips Savage the head of MMSN coordinated the effort to get the injured turtle from Monos Island to the ECWC in Freeport. Dr Philips Savage tended to the turtle at the Centre and we are hopeful for a very early release back into the big blue."

This is the second incident in which a turtle has been harmed in recent weeks. Earlier this week a Hawksbill turtle was found floating in the waters of Las Cuevas beach. 

The Hawksbill was taken to be analysed to ascertain the cause of death. 

Five species of turtle - Green Turtle, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Ridley sea Turtle, and the Leatherback Turtle, are all protected by law.

The endangered Leatherback turtle has been listed as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS).

According to worldwildlife.org, nearly all species of turtle are endangered, with three of those species listed as critically endangered. 

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