The Sea Turtles Clinic
The Sea Turtles Clinic was created in February 2004 with the financial support of the Ministry for the Environment and is part of the sea turtles protection program of French Polynesia. Indeed, although turtles are a protected species, they are still threatened of extinction at a worldwide level, while their future in French Polynesia is presently uncertain.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa has accepted to fit out part of its private lagoon to shelter the turtles because the hotel feels very concerned by their protection. The resort has entrusted the te mana o te moana association to manage the Sea turtles clinic.
More than 400 sea turtles have been sheltered by the clinic since its creation (including 150 aged between 0-6 months, usually baby turtles found agonizing at the bottom of their nest), and more 190 of them were successfully released back in the wild.
For this year, the Sea turtle Clinic is supported by The Vilebrequin company, the Pacsafe one and the Foundation Nature et Découvertes. We thank our generous partners who permit us to develop the Sea turtle Clinic and provide all cares, medicines to our boarders, more than developing educational projects to the children from French Polynesia.
Vilebrequin renewed its commitment to the ocean in 2016, joining forces with our foundation to protect the future of sea turtles. From this year, Vilebrequin is helping to the the day-to-day running of the clinic while funding the development of essential educational initiatives for local populations: a two-pronged approach vital to the survival of future generations of sea turtles. More than that, Vilebrequin Studio has released an exclusive father-son Moorea design, of which 10$ dollars will be donated to the association for every swimsuit sold. A message of hope, the limited edition Te mana o te moana print sees the iconic Vilebrequin swimming peacefully through a world map of coral reefs… Click here to get more information about this “Moana” edition. www.vilebrequin.com
Supports field projects of associations acting for environmental protection in France, French overseas territories and French-speaking African countries. For the next two years, Nature et Découvertes organises a special challenge and a race for its employees in order to collect donations for the foundation.
Pacsafe, a famous brand of backpacks and travel accessories that supports every year a conservation project for sea turtles in the world. In 2016, Pacsafe chose Te mana o te moana’s project and is committed with us for the protection of sea turtles : by funding the Turtles Clinic, the green turtle monitoring program in Tetiaroa and the distribution of educational tools in French Polynesia. Pacsafe company has recently established the Pacsafe Turtle Fund. By outsmarting the threats sea turtles face, Pacsafe helps to protect their natural habitats, focus on breeding programmes and help raise awareness to save this intrepid, adventurous and majestic creature.
Since the beginning of the Sea turtle Clinic, our boarders from the far away islands are brought back to Moorea thanks to the airline company Air Tahiti...
The Sea turtles clinic, appointed by the Government Office for Environment, shelters and treats turtles found sick, wounded, mutilated or seized by the authorities.
Two species of sea turtles can be seen at the clinic: the green turtle and the hawkbill turtle.
The Turtles Clinic is located in a dedicated area of the Hotel InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa channel. The park is wire netted on each extremity and is composed of a rehabilitation lagoon and two enclosures called nurseries (one for intensive care, one for juveniles). The park is 50 meters long and 8 meters wide and its depth is of about 2 meters. The strong natural current of the area allows the continuous renewal of fresh water. The quality of the water is checked every month with a bacteriological analysis.
On the beach next to the turtles’ lagoon, two small “fare” provide the visitors with information about ecology, sea turtles’ species, turtles currently present at the Clinic, and other actions of te mana o te moana.
Trained by specialized veterinarians, a team brings all necessary medical care to the turtles. With each case goes a specific treatment : pills, antibiotics, vitamins distribution, wounds disinfection, rehydration serum injection, and even sometimes X-ray photography or force-feeding with a special gastric catheter…
Health and growth of the turtles is carefully monitored : once a month, turtles are weighted and measured. To facilitate the turtles’ identification, a painless inscription is marked on their carapace.
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Each turtle is tagged on the back fin once we are sure that they are ready to survive on their own back in their natural environment (that is: able to swim, dive and move normaly, and able to eat by themselves). Tags are composed of little metal plates displaying the identification number of each turtle. Finally, turtles are transported out to the open ocean and released.
How can you help protect sea turtles?
If you find a sea turtle
If you come across an ill, injured or dead sea turtle, or if you seek any information concerning sea turtles in French Polynesia, please call:
The sea turtles clinic, Moorea, tel: 56 40 11 or 71 53 44
- avoid giving medical care yourself
- do not feed the turtle
- for transportation (by plane or by car), keep the turtle in a plastic tank
- put a plastic fence on top of the tank to prevent any ulterior handling of the turtle
- put a wet towel on the fence so that the turtle can breathe while remaining in a humid environment
- write address where to send the turtle: Clinique des tortues de MOOREA, Hôtel InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa / tel : 56.40.11 ou 71.53.44
Transportation cost is paid for by the turtles clinic.
If you wish to donate
Read more about the Turtles’ Clinic
Our Supports for 2016 :
Vilebrequin renewed its commitment to the ocean in 2016, joining forces with our foundation to protect the future of sea turtles.
From this year, Vilebrequin is helping to the the day-to-day running of the clinic while funding the development of essential educational initiatives for local populations: a two-pronged approach vital to the survival of future generations of sea turtles. More than that, Vilebrequin Studio has released an exclusive father-son Moorea design, of which 10$ dollars will be donated to the association for every swimsuit sold. A message of hope, the limited edition Te mana o te moana print sees the iconic Vilebrequin swimming peacefully through a world map of coral reefs… Click here to get more information about this “Moana” edition. www.vilebrequin.com
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