Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 18th December 2012 – 23rd January 2013.
“Filio”, a male Caretta caretta, was found in Thessaloniki. He had ingested a hook and line, and received first aid from the team at the Aristotle University before being transported to the RC. The hook had travelled through his body and was in the process of being eliminated from his cloaca; however, the line had caused severe internal injuries, and he died the day after his arrival.
“Yianna Clementine”, a 22-kilo female Caretta caretta, arrived on 8 January from Corfu with a head injury. She is receiving a course of treatment with drips and antibiotics. Itʼs too early to tell what the outcome will be.
“Antonia”, a female Caretta caretta from Katakolo, arrived on 17 January with severe injuries to three flippers caused by fishing gear (she will probably lose one of them). She had been rescued by a local organization and turned over to the port police, who arranged for her transport to the RC.
“Spiros”, a 13-kilo Caretta caretta with a flipper injury, was found at nearby Palaia Fokia by a retired port police officer. He contacted the local port police, and arrangements were made for “Spiros” transfer in collaboration with the RC staff, who picked up the turtle on 18 January.
At present, 21 turtles are being treated at the RC, which is a large number for this time of year. Fourteen of the turtles have head injuries which were deliberately inflicted by humans.
Did you know ...
Ingested line is as dangerous as – if not more so than – an ingested hook to sea turtles. As the ingested line travels through the turtleʼs intestines, it causes irreversible damage which leads to the turtleʼs death. So, if you or someone you know happens to be fishing and accidentally catches a turtle, please donʼt simply cut the line and set the turtle free. Instead, immediately notify the port police, who will arrange for the turtleʼs transport to a veterinarian who can safely remove the hook and line.