A Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas
) known to locals of Lovett Bay in Pittwater, was found tangled in fishing line that was also caught up in a boat anchor. The turtle was brought to the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital as it had fishing line hanging out of its mouth and tangled around a fore flipper. X-rays and investigation under anaesthesia revealed a hook and a large tangle of fishing line in its oesophagus that took two hours of surgery to remove.
The turtle was housed in a large pool at the hospital until the wound had healed and the turtle was able to eat again. The turtle recovered well and was released back to Pittwater with the help of the local community that had found it.
(Wildlife Arrival Number 10R007)
Wildlife Hospital - Taronga Zoo