The world’s first turtle health research facility at JCU provides an environment in which to study sea turtle health in great detail under suitable conditions.
In the indoor ‘Caraplace’ we can house 48 little green sea turtle hatchlings – each in their own tank – where they can freely eat, swim and rest on a sub-surface platform. The facility caters for the needs of the turtles under near natural conditions, but it also enables us to study them close up, which is impossible to do in the wild.
The outdoor ‘Turtle Nursery’ will protect hatchlings from predators while allowing them exposure to sunlight via retractable shade sails that will keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. The construction of this is about to begin in the next few weeks and we are very excited.
There is a lot of husbandry to get through every day in order to make sure all the needs of the residents are well catered for and along the way we have become experts in how to do this. Thankfully a really amazing team of volunteers are contributing to this and some take the opportunity to sign up for a Blue Apprenticeship.
Of course it helps that the residents are ridiculously cute.