Adopt A Turtle
Endangered marine turtles are often washed up on beaches throughout the South West of our state, usually after storms which throw the young turtles out of their journey via the Leeuwin Current. The Dolphin Discovery Centre plays an integral part in their well-being and recovery, ultimately rehabilitating them enough to release the turtles back into the warmer waters off Exmouth, WA.
For us humans, it’s a bit hard to tell one turtle from another so when we rescue them we use a system of coloured fingernail polish markings so that we can track individual health, feeding program and data collection during their time with us. This does not harm the turtle at all and wears off and has to be replaced every few days.
We feed and house these turtles at our own cost for months at a time and would love to have you help us out. We have a Corporate Adopt a Turtle Project, where your business can be actively involved in adopting a specific turtle. Check out our different Turtle Adoption Packages and help to make a difference!
Choose Your Turtle
Cleopatra was found on 16 July 2018 by a lady walking on Pyramids Beach near Mandurah, WA. It seems this tiny turtle had escaped being someone’s lunch, as a front flipper had recently been bitten off. After surgery and initial care at Perth Zoo, she arrived at the DDC on 27 July and has been thriving under the care of our Turtle Team.
When rescued, Cleopatra weighed only 62.2 g, with a carapace length of 6.8 cm, and was cold, starving and unable to dive.
In late July a little boy was walking along the Bunbury Back Beach with his Mum when they found a small Loggerhead Turtle stranded on the seaweed. The little boy's name was Jett, and the turtle became his namesake.
Jett was only 105 g, with a shell length of 7.8 cm, but was really active and able to dive much better most other rescued turtles. Jet is powering his way through his rehabilitation; he has a great appetite and is growing very quickly.
Titan the Turtle has had a very rough start to life. Since being found stranded on Gnarabup Beach near Margaret River in July, Titan’s recovery has been a slow process. He has a good appetite and is gaining weight, but his diving ability has not improved at all since arrival. X-rays have revealed a large amount of gas in his intestinal cavity. Our Aquarist and Volunteer Vet have been aspirating weekly (removing the gas via syringe). We are really hopeful that in time Titan will make a full recovery and be released with the rest of our rehabilitated turtles. Titan only weighed 72 g when found and was only 7.7 cm long.
Mello-Yello was found on a beach north of Perth on 6 August 2018 and, weighing in at a hefty 152 g with a shell length of 9 cm, he was one of the larger Loggerhead babies stranded this season.
This little dude has a fractured left front humerus bone. Recovery in reptiles is a slow process and, as the fracture cannot be set in plaster, we have to let nature take its course. However, we can assist by ensuring that Mello-Yello is housed separately so that the fractured flipper is not being damaged by being tangled up with other turtles as they swim around the tank and so he does not have to compete with the other turtles for food. Mello did pass a piece of plastic soon after arrival but luckily had not eaten enough plastic to cause any long-term problems. He is certainly happy, active and eating very well, so we are confident that its rehabilitation will be successful.
Fed-Ex was our first arrival for the 2018 turtle rescue season after being found on a beach in Yallingup in early July. At only 85 g and 7.5 cm long, this tiny little turtle was really feisty and active, with the potential to be a little Turtle Rehabilitation Champion, so we named him after Roger Federer. Fed-Ex has certainly lived up to his namesake and is consistently at the top of the turtle rankings for appetite, weight gain and athletic ability. When the turtles are released we hope that Fed-Ex may be chosen to have a satellite tracker fitted, so we can see if it becomes the World No 1 in distance travelled after rehabilitation.
Hannah was lucky enough to be found by a Turtle Rescuer Extraordinaire, a local lady who makes a habit of patrolling local beaches after winter storms looking for stranded turtles. One winter she bought us a total of 10 to be rehabilitated, and Hannah was her sole achievement this winter
When Hannah arrived 'she' weighed 85 g, her carapace was only 7.1 cm long, and she was cold and covered in algae but quite active and able to dive. Hannah now has a great appetite and is thriving under the care of our Turtle Team and we look forward to Hannah’s successful release when the time is right.
Bailey was found washed up on Circus Beach near Walpole in August with two other little turtles. The largest of our rescued Loggerheads for 2018, Bailey weighed 215 g with a shell length of 10.3 cm. Bailey was covered in algae and very lethargic, suffering from floating syndrome and dehydration, but has responded really well to care and is on the way to making a full recovery ready for release back into the ocean in the warm waters in Northern WA.
Barney was found at Circus Beach near Walpole with two other little turtles, Bailey and Ashton. He presented in a reasonably bright and alert condition, with the tip of his right hind flipper missing. Barney has become a firm favourite among our Turtle Team and is now able to dive well for food and stay submerged while resting on the bottom of the tank. On arrival, Barney weighed 177 g with a shell length of 10 cm.
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