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AFCD PARTNERED OCEAN PARK TO TREAT AND THEN RELEASE GREEN TURTLE – A PHOTO STORY

2008-10-10

(Hong Kong – 9 October 2008) On 3 October, the vets at Ocean Park received a call from the Agriculture and Fisheries Conservation Department (“AFCD”) to go to Sai Kung to inspect a green turtle that was found in the area.

The veterinary team, consisting of a vet and a nurse, checked the green turtle, which appeared to be normal, except for a prolapsed cloaca. The green turtle was subsequently taken to Ocean Park for further treatment and observation. It fully recovered after a few days. The green turtle was then taken back to where it was found, and released.

This green turtle is a female of approximately 20 to 30 years old. It weighs 160 kg, and is close to one metre in length.

Green turtles are an endangered species. Their mortality is increased as some green turtles died after eating garbage, such a loose pieces of plastic bags and Styrofoam, found floating on the sea. Additionally, breeding is also threatened as humans occupy more and more of their egg-laying grounds. As an advocate for the preservation of marine species, Ocean Park appeals to all to respect nature, and to devote greater efforts to improve marine habitats.

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About Ocean Park
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique homegrown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognised for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. Over 90 million people have visited Hong Kong's premier park since its inception and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Part of the proceeds from the Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects.

Photo below showed aquarists and the vet team retrieving the green turtle from the convalescing pool in preparation for her journey back to Sai Kung waters.
Photo below showed aquarists and the vet team retrieving the green turtle from the convalescing pool in preparation for her journey back to Sai Kung waters.
Photo below showed aquarists and the vet team retrieving the green turtle from the convalescing pool in preparation for her journey back to Sai Kung waters.
Photo below showed aquarists and the vet team retrieving the green turtle from the convalescing pool in preparation for her journey back to Sai Kung waters.
The vet team retrieving the green turtle from the convalescing pool in preparation for her journey back to Sai Kung waters.
The vet team retrieving the green turtle from the convalescing pool in preparation for her journey back to Sai Kung waters.