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Monday 9 January 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Environment, National

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Washed up turtle ‘in good condition’
Dr Michael Baer, the medical director at Te Are Manu Clinic, examines the Pacific green turtle that washed ashore at Titikaveka beach on Friday. Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco-Centre/23010811

The Pacific green turtle that washed ashore at Titikaveka beach on Friday is in “good condition”.

The turtle was discovered by nearby residents who alerted the authorities before Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco-Centre owner Stephenie Jansen came to her rescue.

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Jansen in a social media post on Saturday said: “She (the turtle) is in good condition, with some energy. Has had a few cucumber smoothies today. Michael (Baer) from Te Are Manu has been to see her and given her shots and a good check over. Now we hope for poo. I’m a little bit in love with her already.”

Baer, the medical director at Te Are Manu Clinic, told Cook Islands News when he examined the turtle on Saturday “it was quite strong and doing quite well”.

“We gave some antibiotics and some anti-inflammatory as precautionary measure and it seemed much healthier.”

Baer said he expects the turtle to be fit to be released back into the ocean “in the next few days”.

His advice to people who come across turtles washed up on Rarotonga beaches is “not to touch them and call Jules Tamaariki from Ariki Adventures who runs a turtle trust or contact Te Are Manu and Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco-Centre for help”.