AN injured sea turtle which has been in the care of marine rescue group Equinac, is making a slow recovery.
The turtle was found on a beach in Almeria last month with severe injuries to its head and body, probably from a boat propeller. The turtle was named Jose after the first volunteer on the scene and was taken to a location in Almeria to receive medical treatment.
Volunteers have been working around the clock to care for Jose and specialist lifting equipment was required to move him regularly into a tank of water as part of his rehabilitation. This week, a specialist vet flew in from the Canary Islands to operate on him and he is now in recovery. The turtle is being wrapped in damp towels to keep his shell moist and monitoring continues around the clock.
The aim is to eventually transport him to the Canary Islands where there is a specialist centre and team of marine vets. After reading the story about Jose’s rescue, a number of people have donated to his care, but money has fast run out. Equinac is a non-profit organisation and receives no government funding.
The volunteers often dip into their own pockets to pay for medication for the animals they rescue, along with paying their own travel and other expenses.