Turtles in Trouble
Introducing the Underwater World SEA LIFE Moolooba Turtle Conservation Program: Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release.
Turtles in Trouble
When dinosaurs roamed the Earth more than 150 million years ago turtles were plentiful. Of the world’s seven species of marine turtles, six are found within Australian waters! Sadly, all six species are listed as either endangered or vulnerable to becoming extinct….our turtles are in trouble!
Underwater World SEA LIFE Moolooba has taken a proactive role in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine turtles to ensure that they are conserved and sustained for future generations.
There are many reasons why turtles are being rehabilitated here at Underwater World SEA LIFE Moolooba. The majority of which are human related impacts including eating rubbish particularly plastics which cause ‘floating syndrome’, boat strikes and entanglements by discarded fishing equipment and crab pots.
Since opening in 1989 Underwater World SEA LIFE Moolooba (previously UnderWater World) has rescued many turtles from beaches throughout Queensland. However this would not have been possible without the commitment and assistance of volunteer groups and individuals who bring turtles to the aquarium for rehabilitation.
So who are you going to call?
If you see a turtle that is sick, injured or in distress contact the RSPCA's '1300 Animal' (1300 264 625) hotline.
Want to find out more?
You can contact the organisations below:
Department of Environment and Resource Management - www.derm.qld.gov.au
Coolum District Coast Care - www.coolumcoastcare.org.au
Sunshine Coast Regional Council - www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Sunshine Coast Turtle Care Group - Tel (07) 5420 8200
Track our turtles
Here you can view where are turtles are now they have been released from various sites around Australia and New Zealand.