Delly, a 140kg green turtle, was found on Blue Rock beach on Curtis Island on Monday, March 24 and was taken to Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Delly, a 140kg green turtle, was found on Blue Rock beach on Curtis Island on Monday, March 24 and was taken to Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Contributed

Donations of food welcomed to feed 140kg ill turtle

DELLY is no ninja turtle, but the 140kg reptile is a beast compared to those the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has previously taken in.

It took four people to lift the rare beauty on to a trailer from Blue Rock beach on Curtis Island on Monday, where she was found weak and unable to get herself back to sea.

The green turtle was taken via the Curtis Ferry to the rehabilitation centre, where she is currently in a large holding tank, being assessed to discover the cause of her illness.

QITRC volunteer carer Eilidh Robb said Delly was the biggest turtle they had received to date.

"She's 40-50 years old and a whopping 1.12m long," she said.

"A green turtle at that size is pretty rare."

She said Delly had a good feed when she arrived, but she should be fed 5% of her body weight.

"That's 7kg of food a day, so any donations or donations of pilchards or squid would be welcomed."

The turtle rehabilitation centre is also looking for leafy green vegetable donations for their patients.

The sick and injured turtles eat around 25kg of seafood and 5kg of lettuce every week.

Donations can be made to 19 Morgan St, Gladstone.



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