Children at Titikaveka were providing shade and water for the Pacific Green Turtle.
Efforts are being made to help recover a Pacific green turtle that washed ashore at Titikaveka beach yesterday.
residents called Cook Islands News and when the newspaper arrived on the scene,
the turtle was being looked after and monitored by young children.
provided shade using an umbrella and poured water over the turtle while it lay
Marine and Wildlife Eco-Centre owner Stephenie Jansen, who was also present,
said two turtles of the same species were discovered last year.
Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco- Centre owner Stephenie Jansen took the turtle for a medical examination at the marine centre in Arorangi. 23010640
green turtles are endangered but not as endangered as the hawksbill sea turtles,
turtles that washed ashore in the past had gut-related health issues which
impacted their bowels. One was also severely underweight.
they come up to the shore, it usually means something is seriously wrong,”
absence of a veterinarian who specialises in turtles, she said they would do
what they can to help the turtle.
just do what we can to help them recover.”
was planning to give the turtle a fresh water bath last night to remove any
parasites that may affect the reptile before placing it in a larger recovery
pool. Fish was on the menu for dinner, she said.
added that veterinarians would check on the turtle today.
the meantime it’s a matter of taking care of his basic needs and hoping that
nature will actually help him heal.”