An Olive Ridley sea turtle was yesterday rescued by a speedboat operator in the vicinity of the Vreed-en-Hoop stelling at the mooring point for vessels.
The turtle was found with a fish hook in its mouth and had a laceration on one of its fins that made swimming an arduous task. The rear portion of the shell was also infested.
Annette Arjoon, of the Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society, arranged for the sea turtle to be kept at the National Zoo, while Constable Kim Persaud assisted with transporting the sea turtle to the zoo.
In addition, Dr. Nicholas Waldron will be assisting with the surgical removal of the hook from the turtle’s mouth today.
Government had established restrictions designed to protect the endangered sea turtles, after environmental wardens reported finding the carcasses of the species on beaches.
The Olive Ridley turtle is named for the generally greenish color of its skin and shell, or exterior. It is closely related to the Kemp’s ridley, with the primary distinction being that Olive Ridleys are found only in warmer waters, this is the smallest of the sea turtles, weighing up to 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and reaching only about 2 feet (65 centimeters) in shell length. The Olive Ridley has a slightly smaller head and smaller shell than the Kemp’s.
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