KOKO the green turtle, who was found malnourished, suffering from float and an old boat strike wound on Catseye Beach, has been released following more than three months in care.
The turtle was nursed back to health by the Whitsundays' Eco Barge Turtle Team, that was also treating five other turtles at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre.
Founding chairperson of Eco Barge Clean Seas Libby Edge said it had been a busy few months, with six turtles in care taking the centre to full capacity. "(But) the passion and commitment from the turtle team has been outstanding and can be reflected in the success rate of the recovery of the turtles that are in their care," she said.
Koko was rescued by staff at the Hamilton Island Wildlife Park, who delivered her to a Cruise Whitsunday ferry so she could be transferred to the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre at Eco Barge HQ.
When Koko arrived at the centre on July 31, she was extremely sick but over the weeks she spent in care, her condition improved and she became a favourite among the carers due to her bubbly personality and zest for life.
Ms Edge said watching Koko improve had been amazing.
"Thinking back to when she first came in, it is incredible how far she has come in such a short time," she said.
If you come across a sick or injured marine turtle, phone 1300 ANIMAL (264 625).
To learn more about Eco Barge Clean Seas and the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre, visit http://www.ecobargecleanseas.org.au.
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