Image: Kathy Townsend.

Barry the green sea turtle soon will return to the ocean around North Stradbroke Island, thanks to the speedy intervention of several wildlife professionals.

The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station, the Quandamooka Rangers, Sea World, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service all worked together to save the 49cm turtle, who had a severe case of floating syndrome.

Moreton Bay Research Station Education Officer Kathy Townsend said Barry was so listless when she first saw him that she thought he had died in transport.

“He was suffering from extreme dehydration and about half his scutes − the large scales covering the shell − had severe UV damage and had lifted off,” Townsend said. Continue reading