SAFE TRAVELS: Volunteers Kymberley O’Neill and Frank Scott released Flick with an audience on Quoin Island.
SAFE TRAVELS: Volunteers Kymberley O’Neill and Frank Scott released Flick with an audience on Quoin Island.

Small turtle given big send-off at marine day

ONE of the smallest turtles got the biggest send off, with Flick the Hawksbill racing into the ocean as fast as her flippers could take her on Saturday.

She had 50 marine loving people send her off to the big blue, as part of a weekend of community events with Reef Check Australia.

Down at Canoe Point, the day was about making connections with a beach clean up, while the Quoin Island afternoon included a visit to the turtles and wallabies.

Jodi Salmond from Reef Check said people needed to make the connection with what they are doing and where their rubbish goes.

"If you have a takeaway coffee every day that will make about 23kgs of rubbish a year," she said.

"Turnouts like today are awesome for spreading the word."

Dale Smith, 13, said he enjoyed helping the environment.

"It was fun, I love doing this stuff," he said. "Just walking around helping out the environment and getting some exercise."

Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre volunteer Kymberley O'Neill said Flick had been rescued from Yeppoon.

"She came in really sick and floating, but she's had a two-month turnaround."

Ms O'Neill said many of the rescuers, who were a mix from within and outside of the Gladstone region, had rescued turtles or taxied them.

"It gave them a chance to see what we do here," she said.

"The biggest thing is knowing what's going on in the ocean and being more mindful of plastics getting caught in the ocean."

Nikola Castle, 14, had a great time on Quoin Island.

"I really want to get involved," she said. "I'm doing an extended program for biology at school."

Her dad Andrew put his name down to taxi turtles.

The emergency number for QITRC is 0408 431 304.



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