The Pilbara community rallied to save “Minderoo” the turtle when she was discovered floating listlessly in the Port Headland port this week. Unable to dive to feed on sea grasses, the little green sea turtle was in dire straits and needed emergency care to survive.
Local authorities, businesses and the general public put out the call for transport on social media and a selfless community member volunteered to drive ‘Minderoo’ from Port Hedland to Karratha. From there a freight company transported the sick creature to Exmouth, bringing her turtle-odometer to an impressive 780kms.
Upon arrival at the Ningaloo Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, the new patient was christened “Minderoo” and was immediately administered antibiotics, de-worming tablets, painkillers, multivitamins and an electrolyte solution via a drip. The courageous creature is now said to be doing much better.
The Centre recently received a donation from the Minderoo Foundation to help support its conservation initiatives.
Turtles may be found floating as a result of plastic ingestion or disease. The green sea turtle is protected in Australian waters under state, Commonwealth and international legislation. It is listed as vulnerable under WA legislation and its international status is endangered.