Volunteers Kath Southwell (left) and Rachelle Ferris with the two turtles set for release.
Volunteers Kath Southwell (left) and Rachelle Ferris with the two turtles set for release.

Turtles get reprieve, thanks to Lance

By Brian Bigg news@northernstar.com.au

TEAM members of Ballina-based Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR) will release two rehabilitated green sea turtles at The Pass at Byron Bay today at 8am.

Group spokesperson Melissa Hammerbeck said the event would have particular significance because the two turtles were rescued by the organisation's founder Lance Ferris, who passed away on October 14.

The ASR centre currently has five turtles undergoing rehabilitation. The two juveniles are the first of the group ready to be returned to the sea.

"This is an excellent result," Lance's daughter, Rachelle Ferris, said. "It's testament to the volunteers who are tirelessly keeping up dad's work."

Each of the turtles at the ASR centre have been fitted with tags on both front flippers, and information collected will become part of a growing database system helping research into breeding biology, disease and population status.

To date ASR has successfully rehabilitated, tagged and released more than 60 sea turtles.

The public is invited to attend the release. Donations and new volunteers are also welcome.



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