Meet Our Turtles

Long-term patients

 April 2022

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Stella

Stella arrived at the Rescue Centre in November 2019. He has been with us for the longest, and at arrival, we discovered he was missing both of his front flippers. X-rays on arrival also revealed a hook lodged in his oesophagus which was later surgically removed. Stella suffered from a serious medical event not long after his arrival, however thanks to the quick action and commitment of Daniela, he made a full recovery.

Stella is known at our Centre for his strong personality and food-focused attitude… he definitely has a large appetite! At arrival, he weighed only 3kg however as of March 2022, he weighs almost 17kg! We are not certain whether he will ever be suitable for release, however, he benefits greatly from our 15x3m tanks and enjoys the enrichment activities we provide. Stella is very intelligent and very quickly learns how to correctly interact with our food enrichment materials.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 3-5 years

Weight: 9.6kg

Length: 23 cm

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Bubble

​​Bubble has been with us since the summer of 2020 and weighed only 14.15kg at arrival. She was named after the bump on her carapace, which we believe to be the result of either a genetic abnormality or a boat collision. Either way, it causes her difficulty swimming and staying underwater. Moreover, when she arrived X-rays revealed that she had a broken bone in her front flipper, causing it to be extremely swollen. This had a big impact on her swimming ability and so she required daily massages and physiotherapy from our long-term student volunteers to promote circulation and reduce the inflammation. Now, she is a much stronger swimmer and it is inspiring to see her progress. Bubble also lives in one of our large 15x3m tanks and enjoys spending time in her ‘den’ as this helps her to remain submerged. She has grown significantly, now weighing 24.6kg as of March 2022. Bubble also enjoys enrichment activities and always likes to say hello!

STATS:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 8-10 years

Weight: 24.6 kg 

Length: 42.8 cm



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frisbee

Frisbee arrived in early November 2021, and similar to Stella she was missing both of her front flippers. She arrived from Sicily and unfortunately had been kept out of water for a very long time. She appears clearer than the other turtles at the centre, so we call her the blonde. Our first health checks showed that she was anaemic. After being kept in sub-optimal conditions for so long, she did have a little trouble adapting to our tanks. At first, we had to hand feed her because she had only been fed in very shallow water and was not used to having to dive down to eat. However, now she is doing much better and is happy in her 15x3m tank! She also takes part in our enrichment program.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 15 years

Weight: 25.2 kg

Length: 54.8 cm

short-term patients

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boo

​​This turtle arrived on Halloween 2021 inspiring the name of BOO. She arrived from Sicily weighing in at just 1.9kg with a severely injured front flipper caused by entanglement in a fishing line. Sadly she required an amputation which was successfully performed by Professor Antonio Di Bello (Dept. Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari). She quickly recovered and learnt to swim with only one front flipper and is now ready to be released later this spring having gained almost half her initial weight on arrival.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 3 years 

Weight: 2.7 kg

Length: 24.7 cm

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storm

​​Storm was found washed up on a beach after a Mediterranean “storm” in late October 2021. She had a front flipper that was severely injured on arrival. We were hopeful it could be saved, however, it sadly deteriorated quite quickly meaning an amputation was necessary. After surgery, she learnt how to swim confidently without this flipper and will be released in the near future at a healthy weight of 5.8kg.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 8-10 years

Weight: 5.8 kg

Length: 30.9 cm

 

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piccolina

Piccolina arrived at the beginning of November 2021 and again had the common problem of having a hook in her oesophagus. After surgery later that month she recovered well, however, due to her being only 3.7kg on arrival, we ideally wanted to wait until the next spring to release her. Now almost 1.5kg heavier than her weight on arrival in just 4 months, with a big appetite and strength in both of her flippers she is ready for release which will happen any day soon!

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 4-5 years

Weight: 4.9 kg

Length: 28.6 cm

 

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VALENTINA

Valentina arrived in 2021 on Valentine’s day.  She had a rather dramatic journey to the centre. She was found stranded in Sicily and driven to our Centre for Wildlife Rescue in Agrigento, check out this video for more information on her rescue. She presented with visible carapace injuries and a missing flipper. We believe her carapace injuries were caused by a boat. She has currently been residing in one of our 15x3m to ensure that she is confident with her balance, stability, and movement. We are happy with her improvements and look forward to releasing her from a boat in the upcoming weeks.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 15 years

Weight: 33.3 kg

Length: 56.5 cm

 

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pebbles

​​Pebbles arrived on the 9th of March, weighing a mere 1.1kg. She was given the standard incoming health checks, which she passed with flying colours. Having no hooks shown in the x-ray, and seeming overall healthy, we are waiting for the weather to become more suitable to release her.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 1-2 years

Weight: 1.0 kg

Length: 17.9 cm

 

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rory

​​Rory arrived early in March 2022 from Sicily. She weighed 2.7kg and after a clear x-ray and close observation, we determined she is ready to be released. For such a small turtle she is such a speedy swimmer.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 2 years

Weight: 2.7 kg

Length: 20.5 cm