A new center for helping sea turtles in Australia

A release of a rehabilitated turtle from Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (Phoyo: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre)

A release of a rehabilitated turtle from Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (Photo: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre)

At TEDxJCUCairns, marine biologist Jennie Gilbert asks the question we only wish we could ask ourselves: “What do I do with 52 [baby sea] turtles?”

After a neighbor’s dog got into a turtle’s nest, Gilbert became a baby sea turtle caretaker by accident; as a marine biologist and a veterinary nurse — as well as the co-owner of a veterinary hospital — Gilbert had experience with animals, but she was new to turtles. After research and with some help, she realized how much danger local sea turtles — she lives in Cairns, Australia on the coast of the Great Barrier Reef — were actually facing.

TEDxJCUCairns Jennie Gilbert with one of the patients at the  Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (Phoyo: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre)

TEDxJCUCairns Jennie Gilbert with one of the patients at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (Photo: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre)

“One in 1,000 turtles makes it through to adulthood,” she says at TEDxJCUCairns.

This was the start of her turtle protection journey — but it was only the beginning. What started with helping to save a group of baby turtles evolved into creating a rescue center to rehabilitate sick and injured juvenile and adult turtles.

One of the patients at the  Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (Phoyo: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre)

One of the patients at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (Photo: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre)

At Gilbert’s Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, over 200 volunteers help these turtles get ready to get back into the sea. To learn more, watch Gilbert’s whole talk below:

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