Green turtle rescued far up Bermagui River

ANOTHER green turtle has been rescued on the Far South Coast, this time amazingly right up the Bermagui River.

A concerned member of the public on Monday found the 9.8kg, female green turtle up river near an oyster farm in very shallow water.

He picked her up and canoed her to Bermagui, a trip taking nearly two hours.

WIRES member Janine Green from Merimbula and Kathy Mincher of Wildlife Rescue at Bermagui were on the riverbank at Bermagui to greet the rescuer and turtle.

The turtle was taken to Merimbula and put on a heat pad, a drip to replace lost fluids, antibiotics and vitamins.

Her shell is showing serious signs of nourishment depletion however WIRES says she is responding well to the intensive care.

On a good note “Ruby” - the last green turtle rescued by WIRES is finally starting to eat by herself and is enjoying the tropical tank at the Merimbula Aquarium.

This latest turtle will be released when she is fully recuperated.

The WIRES branch in the last 14 months has assisted five green turtles - seven marine turtles in total.

Janine Green said another was a hawksbill - successfully released - and another a loggerhead that unfortunately died due to traumatic injuries, caused by a boat propeller resulting in a compound fracture to his right front flipper.

“At this rate, volunteers will need urgent funds to buy another turtle tank, as specialised equipment and heating is required,” she said.

Anyone willing to donate, please contact WIRES FSE on 6495 4150 or PO Box 1219, Bega, NSW 2550.

HORRIBLY LOST: The local WIRES group is now caring for this green turtle amazingly found all the way up the Bermagui River.

HORRIBLY LOST: The local WIRES group is now caring for this green turtle amazingly found all the way up the Bermagui River.