Turtles get second chance

Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. A turtle under anesthetic.
Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. A turtle under anesthetic. Brenda Strong

THEY are creatures of stunning beauty, but our turtles have been through a tough period.

Sick and injured turtles in Gladstone Harbour have been given a new chance for survival, with the creation of a new rehab centre.

The Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is now operational and has taken in nine vulnerable turtles since opening in March.

The project was launched by McCoskers Contractors, under the leadership of Bob McCosker.

"They are so graceful," Mr McCosker said.

"If you get one of them, and then it gets away from you, they are just like a bird flying away."

Yesterday marked an historic moment for the centre, as it released its first rehabilitated turtle back into the wild.

Gizmo the turtle was gently placed in the harbour and, after taking one second to find her bearings, glided away to a new life.

The past 12 months have been tough for turtles in Queensland.

Hundreds have died in the Gladstone region since seagrass was damaged by last year's floods.

The turtles have a variety of health problems, including injuries from boat strikes and malnourishment after a year of damaged seagrass meadows.

Mr McCosker and the rest of the volunteers are keen to keep helping the turtles.

 

Lend a hand

Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre needs volunteers. You can work any day of the week, leaving Gladstone Marina at 2pm and arriving back at 6.30pm. Phone Amanda McCosker on 4970 0124 or email amccosker@mccosker.com.au

Topics:  gladstone harbour, turtles




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
WELL-PRESENTED 3 B/R... $298,000
House 3 2 1
HIDDEN AWAY GEM Submit Offers Over...
3 1 6
Stanthorpe - Happy... $265,000
House 4 1 5
Step Inside - Surprise! $225,000
House 3 1 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Warwick jobs listed daily


Featured Jobs
FULL TIME WEB... Fortitude Valley Full Time 75,000 - 90,000
GENERAL MANAGER ... Gladstone Full Time $120 - $150
SHORT ORDER COOK Warwick Casual


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Free Seed Packets

with token from today's paper
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Virgo

You may need to limit your choices and destinations if travel is on the cards. Your plans will have to fit your budget. You have to crawl...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save