Submitted by Steve on 22:35, 3rd May, 2016 | 0

Olivia needs your help.

Two months on and Olivia the loggerhead turtle that was found extremely close to death when she was rescued on Vazon has come to a point where she is now ready to take the next big step.

When she was found she could hardly move as she was so cold, hungry, dehydrated and weak. She is now swimming well and we now need to find her transportation to the Canary Islands.

The next big step for Olivia is to get her back to a warmer climate and a rescue centre with experience to finish her rehabilitation.

We are currently arranging a place for Olivia in the Canary Islands and we need to raise the funds and arrange a plane to help transport her back to where she belongs.

Geoff George Ambulance Driver, Marine Medic and main carer for Olivia at the GSPCA said "Olivia is so much better now and is swimming around and holding her breath in her pool at the GSPCA."

"She is now strong enough to travel and we are appealing for funds and a plane to help transport her to the Canary Islands."

"From when we found her she could hardly move and she is now much stronger and we are looking forward to getting her back where she belongs."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "It has been a long road and two months getting Olivia strong enough and fit enough to be able to travel and we now are appealing for help at the GSPCA to get this wonderful turtle to the Canary Islands."

"Olivia was so weak, dehydrated and thin we were really worried for her when she first arrived, but thanks to the team at the GSPCA especially Geoff George, John Knight and the team at the Vetcre Centres, Les Van Blerk and the team at Vets 4 Pets, Spa De La Mare, Waitrose, Guernsey Reef, States Works, Guernsey Aquarium, Guernsey Builders and many others she has improved each day and is now ready for a long journey."

"Loggerhead turtles are listed as Endangered and facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources."

"In the wild they face many threats with the greatest threat being a loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests and human disturbances such as coastal lighting and housing developments that cause disorientations during the emergence of hatchlings."

"Other major threats include incidental capture in longline fishing, shrimp trawling and pollution. as well as incidental capture in fisheries is thought to have played a significant role in the recent population declines observed for these wonderful creatures."

"World wide the population of loggerhead turtles is estimated to only be between 40,000 and 50,000 nesting females which is less than the population of Guernsey."

"We are now desperately looking to find a plane that could help and donations towards the travel to help with costs of fuel and landing taxes."

"New era Vets from Jersey have helped start the fund with a donation of £600 which was left after transporting the loggerhead turtle called Terri they rescued earlier this year and we are hugely grateful to them."

"We are aware that costs just for fuel and landing taxes from the Channel Islands to the Canary Isles are over £10,000 so this is a huge appeal to help one very special lady."

"If you know of a plane that could help or would like to make a donation we would love to hear from you."

"Thank you to everyone that has helped so far it is really appreciated."

To make a donation online please click the paypal button below, call 01481 257261, by post or at the GSPCA. 

If you know of someone that could help with transport please call GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne 01481 257261 or email stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg

To see previous updates for Olivia please click here

Loggerhead facts

 

  • Common Name: Loggerhead - named for its exceptionally large head.
  • Scientific Name: Caretta caretta
  • Description: Head is very large with heavy strong jaws. Carapace is bony without ridges and has large, non-overlapping, rough scutes (scales) present with 5 lateral scute. Carapace is heart shaped. Front flippers are short and thick with 2 claws, while the rear flippers can have 2 or 3 claws. Carapace is a reddish-brown with a yellowish-brown plastron. Hatchlings have a dark-brown carapace with flippers pale brown on margins.
  • Size/Weight/Age: The Loggerhead measures up to 1.1 meters (3.5 ft) long when fully grown, weighing approximately 135 kilograms (300 lb) and have a lifespan of 47-67 years.
  • Diet: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is omnivorous, feeding mainly on bottom dwelling invertebrates: mollusks, crustaceans, horseshoe crabs, clams, mussels, and other marine animals. Its large and powerful jaw serve as an effective tool in dismantling its prey.
  • Habitat: Prefer to feed in coastal bays and estuaries, as well as in the shallow water along the continental shelves of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • Reproduction: Female Loggerheads, between the age of 17 to 33, will usually mate every 2 to 4 years.
  • Crawl Pattern: 1) Alternating comma-shaped flipper marks 2) Wavy and smoothed track center with no thin, straight, and well-defined tail-drag mark 3) No regular marking from front flippers at the margins of the track
  • Nesting: Female Loggerheads are known to nest from one to seven times within a nesting season (mean is about 4.1 nests per season) at intervals of approximately 12–17 days. Mean clutch size varies from about 100 to 126 along the southeastern United States coast. Incubation ranges from about 45 to 95 days, depending on incubation temperatures, but averages 55 to 60 days for most clutches.
  • International Status - Listed as Endangered (facing high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources ( IUCN)
  • Threats to Survival: Fishing gear is the biggest threat to loggerheads in the open ocean. They often become entangled in longlines or gillnets. According to the 2009 status review of loggerheads by the Fisheries Service, drowning from entanglement in longline and gillnet fishing gear is the turtles’ primary threat in the North Pacific. The second greatest threat is loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests, and human disturbances (such as coastal lighting and housing developments) that discourages nesting and interferes with the hatchlings' ability to navigate to the water's edge

 

To see some of the businesses that have helped please check out the links below.

Waitrose Rohais - http://www.waitrose.com/bf_home/bf/333.html

Guernsey Builders - mario@guernseybuildingsupplies.com

Spa De La Mare - http://www.spadelamare.com/

Guernsey Aquarium - https://www.facebook.com/guernsey.aquarium/

Win a chance to see Bonnie the grey seal pup to be released back to the wild - http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/win-chance-see-bonnie-grey-seal-pup-being-released-back-wild-donating-her-final-fattening-appea

The winner will be chosen at random on the 15th May at our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday.

We need to get at least another 12kg or more on her to be fit enough for the wild and we are hoping this competition will help raise the funds to get that final weight on her and help with the care that she has had at the GSPCA.

The winner will be chosen just after 3pm at Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday on the 15th May. 

To download a poster and leaflet to promote this competition please click here.

To see her previous updates please visit - http://www.gspca.org.gg/search/node/bonnie%20seal%20pup

For more details on our BIGGEST event of the year which is the Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday please go to - http://www.gspca.org.gg/page/animal-welfare-sea-front-sunday

To donate to the turtle or Bonnie the grey seal pup please call 01481 257261, pop along to the Animal Shelter in St Andrews, by post or by clicking the link below.

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EXCITING NEWS - Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday this year on the 15th May 2016http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/exciting-news-animal-welfare-seafront-sunday-year-15th-may-2016

Posted by GSPCA on Monday, 7 March 2016

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