World Turtle News, 04/09/2019
A ‘midas’ touch for chelonia mydas … Aziza nursed back to health
Aziza is a VIP guest at the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries Lab in Amghara, with a team of professionals catering to her every need. The victim of a boat propeller strike, Aziza is a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) found by the Coast Guard with serious damage to her shell, near Bubiyan Island in the northern part of Kuwait Bay.
Weighing nearly 100 kilos and estimated to be between 50 and 70 years of age, Aziza’s predicament pushed the lab team to the limits of their capabilities as well as their budget. Her ultimate success story is a tribute to the incredible ingenuity, commitment, and exceptional teamwork of her caretakers.
On a sunny spring morning in the peaceful premises of the lab, located in the desert just outside of Jahra, the sea turtle treatment team members are gathered around Aziza’s tank. It is housed in a bright and airy greenhouse, because sick and injured sea turtles, just like human patients, have less depression and respond better in natural rather than artificial light.
These are Aziza’s last days in the lab. Fully recovered, she will soon be released back into the sea, just in time for the mating season…
Click the link to read more about her treatment…
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This Week In Turtles…
Swim into spring at the N.C. Aquarium with a sea turtle egg hunt
Flip your fins towards the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for a turtle-y awesome twist on a springtime tradition.
The popular sea turtle egg hunt will return on Saturday, April 20 with sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children will learn all about these marine reptiles and even see a loggerhead sea turtle up close during a presentation by an aquarium educator.
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Photo from Claudia Farkas Al Rashoud.