On the coast

This juvenile flatback turtle was rescued and then flown to Broome to be released.
This juvenile flatback turtle was rescued and then flown to Broome to be released.

The juvenile flatback turtle was found in poor health near Fremantle and was recuperating at AQWA in Hillarys until it was strong enough to be returned to the wild.

The rescue was part of the AQWA Foundation’s Turtle Pool project, which cares for sick and injured turtles with the aim of releasing them back to the wild, tracking them with a satellite device for migration and behaviour research by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

This was the first time in WA a flatback turtle had been rehabilitated and fitted with a tracker.

Earlier this year, two loggerhead turtles were released from the project and another is being cared for after it washed up in Tasmania.

Through blood testing, it was found the turtle was an Indian Ocean sea turtle that managed to travel thousands of kilometres to the Pacific Ocean.

It will be released in its home waters at Ningaloo when fully recovered.