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Confiscated Turtle now recovering at Gaya Island Marine Centre

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Gaya Island is a favourite – one of the lovely family of YTL properties in the Far East that have long since featured in our itineraries. It was good to receive the following from them today and to know that fellow at least has a positive future…

Gaya Island Resort and its Marine team received a report on the resort’s Turtle Hotline of a Green Sea Turtle in distress.

Sadly malnourished and covered in barnacles, the turtle had been confiscated from a fisherman by the wildlife department. They in turn coordinated the turtle’s transfer to Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre’s Turtle Rescue unit where it is currently being treated.

Gaya Island Resort’s Marine Biologist Scott Mayback said “We are now collaborating with the Sabah Wildlife Department as well as Marine Research Foundation’s Dr. Nick Pilcher to guarantee the best monitoring and treatment for this turtle’s dire condition.”

The Marine Centre will keep the turtle under observation and treatment for a month, and if healthy enough, it will eventually be released back into the wild from the resort’s private Tavajun Bay.

This is the fourth turtle to be admitted into the Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre, the first turtle rehabilitation centre in the country, proving that its focus to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles is visibly in motion.

If you are considering a holiday to the Far East, contact us on 01323 446550, or email to info@experienceholidays.co.uk


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