Margaret the turtle was released back into wild at Fitzroy Island.
Margaret the turtle was released back into wild at Fitzroy Island.

Knight joins cunning plan to release turtle

A BRITISH knight was on hand yesterday to help volunteers release a sea turtle back on to the Great Barrier Reef, filming the experience for a global audience.

Sir Tony Robinson, of Blackadder fame, assisted ­yesterday with the release of Margaret, an 80-year-old green sea turtle. The 1.1m-long creature had been a patient at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, after being found sick and floating near Fitzroy Island three years ago. She was fitted with a tracker and sped off into the shallows.

 

Sir Tony, who is in the Far North filming British show The World by Rail, captured the moment Margaret was released back into the wild.

The TV host, whose crew also filmed the reef restoration effort at the island, was understood to be a surprise visitor to the turtle release. His documentary is expected to be broadcast next year.



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