SAFE TRAVELS: Wildlife Rockhampton carer Julie Robertson prepares to release the tiny flatback turtle back into the ocean at Farnborough Beach recently.
SAFE TRAVELS: Wildlife Rockhampton carer Julie Robertson prepares to release the tiny flatback turtle back into the ocean at Farnborough Beach recently. Mike Knowling

'Lammy' the rescued turtle returned to the ocean

YOU might have read in last week's Mirror about the young flatback turtle that was found struggling on Lammermoor Beach recently by Justin Cleghorn.

Justin then entrusted the care of the flatback hatchling to members of the Friends of Lammermoor Native Gardens who were working on site.

'Lammy', as the turtle was quickly named, was passed on to Wildlife Rockhampton and after a meal and some TLC was released back into Keppel Bay.

Wildlife Rockhampton posted a heart-warming story and video of Lammy's release on their Facebook page.

"Watch as this young turtle, who was found stranded and struggling, runs to the water, swims as fast as his little flippers will let him and dives under the waves to freedom once more," the post said.

"Under the guidance of Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre we determined this little one was not a new hatchling as originally thought but a slightly older turtle, hatched elsewhere in the region - possibly Curtis Island - who for some reason found his way onto Lammermoor beach and couldn't find his way back to water.

"With rest and the right environment, the little flatback was deemed by experts at Quoin Is to be fit and healthy and ready to go free.

"Thanks also to Shelley McArdle and Capricornia Catchments for facilitating the rescue and initial care, and to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for their ongoing faith in our wildlife rehab abilities and for endorsing, yet again, Wildlife Rockhampton for the care of an animal that so urgently needed help. Go team!"

Local birdwatcher and columnist Greg Thomas said there had been a growing number of turtles found on local beaches and this latest finding again highlighted the need for locals to know what to do if they come across native animal, in need of care.

"Flatback turtles are usually found in bays, shallow, grassy waters, coral reefs, estuaries, and lagoons on the northern coast of Australia and off the coast of Papua New Guinea," Greg said.

HOW TO HELP

All sick and injured wildlife in Queensland are managed through the RSPCA's 1300 ANIMAL (264625) line.



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