Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: June 25, 2020 1:09 pm
Sea Life Kellly Tarlton’s in Auckland New Zealand will have a new Eastern Pacific green turtle on exhibit for the school holidays as she finishes her rehabilitation.
The sea turtle was rescued at Takapuna Beach in May and weighs in at 26kg (57lbs). She will join other turtles at the Turtle Bay exhibit to complete her rehabilitation ahead of release back to the wild.
This turtle was rescued through the cooperation of a range of organizations. It was rescued by the Department of Conservation and taken to Auckland Zoo where it underwent a check by their specialist vet team.
Following this it was brought to Kelly Tarlton’s where it has undergone treatment to recover from a low body temperature, dehydration and exhaustion.
Photo Credit: Auckland Zoo
Since the rescue the turtle has undergone rehabilitation at the aquarium’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and it is now well enough to join the other turtles on display at Turtle Bay just in time for the school holiday’s.
This turtle was found a long way from home with Eastern Pacific green turtles normally being found in the waters of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.
They are an endangered species which is threatened as a result of overfishing and plastic pollution.
Kelly Tarlton’s will open 7 days a week throughout the upcoming New Zealand school holiday period. At the aquarium you can meet many sea creatures including sharks in the shark tunnel and sub-Antarctic penguins.
Learn more about Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s on their website – Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s
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