An injured green sea turtle is helped by Barnacles’ dolphin volunteer Cinda Austin at Norman Point.
An injured green sea turtle is helped by Barnacles’ dolphin volunteer Cinda Austin at Norman Point. Craig Warhurst

Propeller strikes turtle

A LARGE injured green sea turtle found floating in Tin Can Bay waters yesterday was believed to have been suffering from floating disease.

Rescuer Dave Crenin from Dolphin Ferry Cruises, said the turtle had been struck by a boat propeller, which cracked its shell.

His main concern for the creature was the difficulty it was having diving.

"I saw him dive under about two metres deep and then he would bob back up again backwards," Mr Crenin said, adding that he had patched up the cracks in the turtle shell with Epoxy putty.

Barnacles' dolphin volunteer Cinda Austin said all she could do for the sea turtle was to keep him under water and try to sink him.

She said boat strikes were happening frequently in Tin Can Bay - one of the dolphins she regular works with was hit and injured by a propeller less than three weeks ago.

She asked boaties to slow down and keep an eye out for marine creatures inhabiting the waters.

The sea turtle was in the care of local wildlife rescue officers yesterday evening for assessment.

Gympie Times


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