Fiji Time: 1:54 PM on Tuesday 28 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Turtle rehab

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A GREEN turtle found at Suva Point last week by an outrigger team will be kept for recovery at the Galoa Fisheries station for two to three weeks.

"Efforts will be placed in getting the air out and feeding it with antibiotics to prevent the bacteria from getting into other parts of the body," said WWF South Pacific marine species projects officer Laitia Tamata.

The turtle which was 85cm wide and 90cm long was badly injured when the paddlers found it.

"A part (about 20 per cent) of the turtle's carapace was injured and crack marks were visible," Mr Tamata said.

"It seems like it has been on its back for quite some time because of the white marks around the injured part and also at the tip of both flippers which indicates struggle or flapping around of the turtle.

"Also, it can be detected from the looks of it that it has been in fresh water for some time because it looked clean without having any marine related fauna and flora.

"It cannot dive because the gut cavity has filled up with air."

Mr Tamata said it was the second time in the past 15 months on Viti Levu that a turtle was found; three turtles were found on Vanua Levu.

"This proves there's awareness out there and not only in communities," he said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63240.6134
JPY 50.054747.0547
GBP 0.36450.3565
EUR 0.43860.4266
NZD 0.69770.6647
AUD 0.66220.6372
USD 0.48560.4686

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th June 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Body parts
  2. Early morning catch wows crowd at Labasa fish market
  3. Vidiri to join Chiefs, Crusaders super game
  4. Police probe 'mistreatment'
  5. New software to ease traffic
  6. Hotel reopens after TC Winston
  7. Laisa Simone, 16, is missing; police searching
  8. OHS report queried
  9. Firm to salvage vessel
  10. Bid for full membership

Top Stories this Week

  1. Hayne works on 'God's call' Friday (24 Jun)
  2. Police confirm discovery at Natadola beach Friday (24 Jun)
  3. 12 families homeless Wednesday (22 Jun)
  4. Resignation threat Saturday (25 Jun)
  5. Rabuka in Saturday (25 Jun)
  6. 2016-2017 Budget: The major drivers of economic growth Thursday (23 Jun)
  7. INTERPOL assists with Natadola gruesome discovery, missing couple Monday (27 Jun)
  8. Police probe body parts find Saturday (25 Jun)
  9. Strive for gold Friday (24 Jun)
  10. Funeral preparations for church leader Wednesday (22 Jun)