After weeks of intensive care by WIRES volunteer Janine Green, the green sea turtle affectionately named Opal has recovered enough to go into rehabilitation at the Merimbula Aquarium.
The turtle had spent some time in Ms Green’s turtle tank before being moved to her new home on Saturday, May 21.
Opal was very dehydrated and was showing signs of malnutrition when she was found by divers south of Eden.
She will be under supervision while in rehabilitation as she has an air bubble in her pelvic region. It is hoped the bubble will dissipate naturally but if not she will need surgery.
Opal is expected to spend several months at the Merimbula Aquarium before she is well enough to be released into the wild.
This isn’t the first time Ms Green has nursed a turtle back to health. Ms Green was also the carer for Diamond, who became popular local identity before being released in March last year.
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