Fishermen Find Sick Sea Turtle Who Really Needs Their Help - Media News 48

Fishermen Find Sick Sea Turtle Who Really Needs Their Help

He was covered in barnacles — but people picked them off one by one.

Just off the coast of Tasmania this week, fishermen spotted something they don’t normally see – a large loggerhead sea turtle – and they realized he desperately needed help.

He was a big guy – about 220 pounds – but he was very lethargic. He couldn’t even submerge himself in the water and he was covered in barnacles, which suggests he’d been sick for a while.

Marine Conservation Program

“Marine turtles are rarely spotted in Tasmanian waters, and this one was clearly in poor health,” wrote Marine Conservation Program (MCP), a government group who came to the rescue of the turtle, after the fishermen caught him and brought him to get help.

The turtle was given temporary accommodation at a fish market overnight, according to MCP, which brought him for a veterinary exam the next day.

Marine Conservation Program

Veterinarians gave him X-rays to see if he’d ingested fishing gear or plastic. According to MCP, loggerhead turtles often end up eating plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish.

Marine Conservation Program

Luckily, this particular turtle, it turned out, dodged these dangers.

Marine Conservation Program

So rescuers gave him some strengthening fluids and picked the barnacles off of him, one by one.

Marine Conservation Program

When he seems a bit better, MCP will figure out what’s next for him.

But for now, he’s resting.

Marine Conservation Program

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