WIRES would like to thank two very caring people, Lynne Grant and Alex Dryver, who found a very sick and exhausted Hawksbill Turtle at Bournda eight months ago.
“Motchy” the turtle was initially cared for by WIRES member Janine Green.
After his stay with Janine, Motchy was transferred to the Merimbula Aquarium where he was housed and looked after for eight months.
On March 26, Motchy was deemed fit to go back home to his home, the ocean.
It was a very special day for Lynne, Alex and Janine, as well as Michael McMaster who cared for Motchy at the Aquarium, and Anthony, the Aquarium’s owner, according to WIRES spokeswoman Lois Katz.
Motchy and his all rescuers and carers were chauffeured from Merimbula to Narooma by National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Craig Dickmann.
In Narooma they were all greeted by National Parks ranger Cass Bendixsen and skipper of the NPWS vessel Shearwater Ross Constable, who took them by boat to Montague Island for the release.
However, upon arriving at Montague Island, the rangers felt that there were too many fishermen in the area, and so Motchy was taken another 300 metres northeast of Montague Island to the shelf where he was safely placed in the water.
“He promptly dove down into the depths of the ocean,” Lois said.
“Motchy was so happy to be back home that he forgot to wave good-bye!”
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