Turtles released at Poor Knights Islands

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Five turtles have been released back into the wild today after spending time at Kelly Tarlton’s.

One of the five was a Green turtle by the name of Tiny. He was found on a west coast beach 2 years ago, weighing 600g and the size of a pen. He was the smallest turtle ever found in New Zealand.

After being found Tiny spent 2 years living at Kelly Tarlton’s, where he was looked after by a small group of vets and carers. When he was released today he was 3 times the length and 10 times the weight.

Tiny has been  released back into the ocean at Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve where workers from Kelly Tarlton’s hope it will be safe for him.

Kelly Tarlton’s started a turtle rehabilitation programme in 1995 to treat sick or injured turtles found around New Zealand’s waters. So far, they have treated 72 sick turtles.

Some of the turtles released today were fitted with tracking devices so that scientists can monitor where they travel.

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