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If you come across a sick or injured sea turtle, or another animal in distress, please call;
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Hotline: 1300 130 372
Sea World Rescue team: 07 5588 2222 (9:00am to 5:00pm) or 07 5588 2177 (After Hours)
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT to personally rescue marine animals. Many can be very dangerous such as pelicans and sea snakes and you can also make their situation worse by causing undue stress and spreading diseases by touching them.
If help is going to take a while to get there, you can call Wildcare on 07 5527 2444 and they will send their nearest rescuer to wait with the animal until specialist help arrives. If there are lifeguards nearby, they may also be able to help you protect the animals and ensure no-one touches it until specialist help arrives.
What are the signs that a turtle may be sick or injured and needs rescuing?
The turtle is smaller than average and may appear skinny and is weak or lethargic.
The turtle has an obvious injury or is entangled in marine debris.
The turtle is covered in barnacles.
The Sea World Rescue Team’s pioneering work in marine animal rescues has resulted in outstanding success in the rehabilitation of sick, injured and stranded marine wildlife.