Over the years, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary has been successful in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine turtles that have been found washed up or injured in local areas.
Of the 7 marine turtle species, 6 are found in Australia waters, and all of them are endangered. There are numerous threats to turtles including habitat loss, disruption of nesting sites, pollution, fishing nets and boat strikes.
Here at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary we aim to rehabilitate and release all the turtles that we rescue. We are also involved in a turtle tagging project, which allows us to track the turtle migration habits in the wild, with the aim to provide insight into where turtles are encountering problems and barriers to their survival.
Meet some of our turtles...
Myrtle, affectionately knowns as the Grumpy Turtle, is a Green Sea Turtle. Myrtle was the victim of a boat strike which left her with a bottom that floats too high! As part of her rehabilitation at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, we have placed weights on her bottom so that we is more balanced in the water and can swim properly!
Dave is an adult male Loggerhead Turtle, between 15 and 20 years of age. He weighs in excess of 150kg and has been a resident at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary for approximately 6 years. Dave came to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary from Sydney Aquarium and will reside here. He is distinguishable by a small indent on the right side of his shell. Like most turtles, Dave loves his food, and can often be seen following the boat or divers in the water during feeding time.
Buoy is a sub-adult Green Sea Turtle found stranded on Collaroy beach. His front left flipper was missing, his shell was covered in barnacles and he was emaciated. Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary staff collected him, where his immediate treatment involved a warm, shallow freshwater bath, to get rid of the barnacles so that Buoy's condition could be further assessed. He was found to be suffering from an infection, and grossly underweight. He was given antibiotics and continued to rest. Within a few days of rescue, he began to eat a variety of fish and squid, supplemented with spinach and nori (seaweed). Buoy lived in Shark Harbour, which was large enough for him to dive, swim and interact with other animals. We continued to feed the turtle a diet that helped him to gain weight, and once this was achieved we were able to release him back into the ocean.
Chong is an adult male Loggerhead Turtle, between 15 and 20 years of age. He weighs in excess of 100kg and is a captive-bred individual. He therefore will stay at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Chong has been a resident here for more than 10 years. He is distinguishable by a single freckle on the underside of his shell. Chong can quite often be seen interacting with 'Dave'.