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Bombetta was found floating off Cairns on the 28th December 2011. She was underweight and exausted. Bombetta had been recovering at Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre [CTRC]for just over 2 months. Bombetta was named by the Mandubarra elders and weighs 135 kilograms. She was released at Cowley Beach with the Mandubarra people near Innisfail as there were reports there were a number of sea grass beds nearby.

Since Cyclone Yasi turtle strandings have spiked in the region, partly due to a lack of sea grass for turtles to eat.Bombetta was released was fitted with a tracking device to gain a better idea where she will travel after her rehabilitation.

This is a collaborative project between James Cook University, Cairns turtle rehabilitation centre and Ian Bell at DERM.

Project Partners

Cairns turtle rehabilitation centre


Project Sponsors

Marlin Coast Veterinary Clinic donate all veterinary services for free.

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  • This map connects positions generated by the ARGOS system designated as location class (lc) '4', '3', '2', '1', '0', 'A', 'B'. Locations that have been "filtered" are displayed as small red dots.
  • This maps also shows locations of class '4', '3', '2', '1', '0', 'A', 'B' as small black dots which are not connected by a route line.
  • Bathymetry layers are derived from the GEBCO One Minute Grid.
  • Sea surface temperature and chlorophyll are derived from NASA's Ocean Color data.
  • Ocean currents and sea surface heights are derived from AVISO's Ssalto/Duacs Gridded Absolute Dynamic Topography & absolute geostrophic velocities data.

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