Rafael the turtle and Australia Zoo

Rafael and BindiRafael and BindiRafael, a 120kg adult male loggerhead turtle was rescued by Australia Zoo conservation staff in 2009 after he was spotted floating off–shore with a crab pot line entangled around his neck and flipper.

The severely injured turtle was immediately transported to the Australian Wildlife Hospital to have his front left flipper amputated. He spent 2 months in intensive care after his amputation surgery at the Australian Wildlife Hospital and was released in June at Mooloolaba. Sirtrack donated a KiwiSat tracking device which was attached to Rafael’s carapace (shell) to help researchers to see what happens to rehabilitated turtles after they are returned to the ocean.

Currently Rafael is swimming around the northern tip of North Stradbroke Island, checking out some popular feeding sites.