Turtle Hospital at Reef HQ Aquarium
Turtles Returning Home - Reef HQ

Turtles Returning Home

All species of marine turtle found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are considered to be threatened species. (According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) the world's main authority on the conservation status of species, the hawksbill turtle is listed as being critically endangered worldwide). Since opening the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital in August 2009, the hospital has released 36 sick and injured marine turtles. The hospitals key role is to rehabilitate turtles so they can be released back into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Found stranded at Wunjunga Beach, Raylene is the largest patient admitted to the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital weighing over 130 kilograms. Raylene was diagnosed with floating syndrome and a lung condition and was treated for seven months with antibiotics and pain relief.  Raylene was released in March 2011 and has safely returned to her home waters south of Home Hill.

Big Girl - Green Turtle

'Big Girl', was bought to Reef HQ Aquarium in September 2011. Found at Florence Bay, Magnetic Island 'Big Girl' was diagnosed with floating syndrome and was very underweight for her size and age. 'Big Girl' was treated with antibiotics and a high protein diet. 'Big Girl' was released in March 2012 weighing an impressive 125 kilograms and has safely returned to her home waters of Magnetic Island.




Last published on 04/04/2012

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