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Turtle washes up on 90 mile beach

May 23, 2017

A critically endangered hawksbill turtle is being nursed back to health after being found washed up on Northland’s 90 Mile Beach earlier this month.

It was exhausted, dehydrated, not eating and missing a flipper. While the cause of the amputated flipper was not known, it appeared to be an older wound that had healed well.

Auckland Zoo provided initial urgent medical attention before the turtle was taken to the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life rehabilitation centre.

Auckland Zoo resident vet Lydia Uddstrom said the turtle had eaten at least one piece of plastic, and it was unclear how much more it might have inside it.

Plastic was an ongoing concern for marine animals, she said.

“We’re getting more and more plastic out there and we’re going to be getting more and more effects from it, and from animals that shouldn’t be eating it, eating it.”

The turtle was showing encouraging signs of improvement after its check-up today.

Once the turtle’s strength had improved, it would be moved to a larger oceanarium to exercise and go about its natural behaviour with the goal of releasing it back into the wild.

Yesterday was World Turtle Day, which aims to increase attention and public support for their survival.

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1

i love animals this can't be true

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I really hope that the turtle is ok

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hope it gets well

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when did this happen

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hopefully the turtle recovers well. I hope it can swim with only 3 flippers. So sad. :::(

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this can't be true

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hop he lives

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Why dose this hapn to trtles

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Get well soon turtle

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Oh that is terrible:(

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I hope the turtle is ok, thanks for saving it...

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I really hope that the turtle is ok

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i like turtles and i hope he lives because he is apart of the special turtle clan of nz so yeah give him the treatment he deserves

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I had worry about that turtle

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It is so sad that this turtle health is bad I hope it is okay and I love turtles

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that is sad

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So sad

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hi SO SAD

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i love turtles so much

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Turtle no65742

so sad

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I hope its alright

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Really sad! I hope the turtle gets better soon. It's sad how all those bad people throw parties and never clean up and all those people that go to the beach and never clean their mess! no wonder the turtle had swallowed plastic.

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so sad i hope it lives

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Get well soon Mr Turtle. From Ethan

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Why do some people think it is funny? It is actually very SAD

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The Undefeated

So sad. Turtle are amazing

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sad and cool to see one!