Lucky the Rescued Turtle Celebrates World Turtle Day

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: May 21, 2021 12:45 pm

Lucky the Rescued Sea Turtle

Lucky the sea turtle is held by a carer

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium have provided an update on Lucky, the rescued green sea turtle ahead of World Turtle Day on Sunday April 23rd 2021. The day aims to bring awareness to the threats faced by turtles and encourage action to help them thrive.

Global turtle populations are in decline owing to vehicle strikes, pollution and climate change. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium operate a dedicated Animal Rescue team which help to rescue injured or sick sea turtles from the wild.

Lucky the Rescued Sea Turtle

Lucky the sea turtle soon after his rescue

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Lucky was found on Sunday March 21st 2021 after the Jones family from Maroubra took a walk to see if any shells had washed up after a storm. They were surprised to find the shell of Lucky the green sea turtle.

Danny Jones and his children Archie and Jazzy named the turtle “Lucky” in the hope they would be able to save it. Within an hour of Danny contacting the Animal Rescue Centre a team had arrived to collect Lucky.

Currently in care at the Animal Rescue Centre, Lucky is now 10 weeks old which is too young to determine its gender.

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Saskia McDonald, Aquarist at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and member of the Animal Rescue Team said, “When Lucky came into our care, it was fighting for its life. It’s likely that the weather system off the NSW Coast in March created hazardous ocean conditions that Lucky couldn’t compete with. Exhaustion would have hit, which would have seen Lucky and other baby turtles washed ashore.

“This World Turtle Day, we are really pleased to share that Lucky is now making great progress – weighing just 51g on arrival, it’s gaining weight at a good rate – now 75.4g and is 11.5cm long. When our vets are happy with its condition and the weather is suitable, we will release it back into the ocean, close to where it was found.”

Lucky the Rescued Sea Turtle

Lucky the sea turtle is held by a carer

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

As part of World Turtle Day this coming Sunday the team at SEA LIFE have create four illustrated children’s books telling the stories of a local sea turtle.

The books tell the story of turtles cared for at SEA LIFE Sydney, SEA LIFE Melbourne, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, Auckland. They will be available at the aquarium’s and through their online store.

Lucky the Rescued Sea Turtle

Lucky the sea turtle with the family that rescued him and carers from the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium rescue center.

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Learn more about Turtles here – Turtle Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium on their website – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

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