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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2017-06-24 08:00:00
Release Location: Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Last Location: 2017-09-29 06:40:01
Raphael was found in the sea grass bed in front of Scuba Junkie’s Mabul Beach Resort. This small turtle was very emaciated and covered in barnacles and algal growth suggesting an underlying issue. The turtle was transferred to Scuba Junkie's Mabul Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and was started on a course of treatment by Sabah Wildlife Departments’ Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) veterinarians.
After refusing to eat for the first week of rehabilitation, Raphael slowly started to increase his squid consumption until he was consuming 1kg daily. After 6 and a half weeks of rehabilitation Raphael was deemed fit for release and became the first rehabilitated turtle at the Mabul Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to have a satellite transmitter attached prior to release. This exciting development allows the turtles movements to be tracked after release. Good luck Raphael!