Fisherman rescues rare sea turtle
A RARE, tropical flat back turtle with a split shell was yesterday rescued from certain death by a Ballina spanner crab fisherman and will hopefully recover in the care of Australian Seabird Rescue.
Cliff Corbett, known to listeners of Coraki community radio station 88.9FM as Cap'n' Cliff, found the injured turtle in 51 metres of water, about 5km east of the Ballina Bar yesterday morning.
He said the poor reptile was having trouble diving.
He took the female turtle aboard his boat and delivered her to Rochelle Ferris at the Ballina-based seabird rescue group.
“Her legs were waving in the air as she tried to dive,” Mr Corbett said. “She was going no- where.”
Ms Ferris said the turtle appeared to have been struck by a boat hull, not a propeller, but it had a better than average chance of recovering thanks to Mr Corbett.
“It has a fracture in the shell and a very serious injury to the underside which is of greatest concern. Unlike Sheldon, the very large sea turtle we rescued in January who was also suffering from a boat strike injury, this injury has presented a different set of complications,” she said.
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