In September 2022, 2 green turtles were welcomed to the Moorea Sea turtle care center. First, Hélice, a sub-adult green turtle joined the Center after her 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 following a fatal injury from a boat propeller. Hélice had been seen alive by a boat excursion company but unfortunately could not be immediately recovered. Looking at what was left of her body from post-mortem natural predation, the obvious collision with a boat’s propeller was confirmed.
Also in September, Yo, a sub-adult green sea turtle was found dead on Paopao beach in Moorea with a 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 to her shell. Given the injury, a boat collision leaves little doubt.
In October 2022, Here joined the Care Center. She had a 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 on her shell revealing internal organs, including her lungs. Again, given the type of injury, a collision with a boat is the most likely hypothesis.
That same month, Lilly joined our residents after being picked up by Nemoz diving club with a 𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 located on her 4th vertebral scale. The dent again is typical of a collision case.
Finally, at the beginning of November, Jo Iti joined the Center following a 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗿𝘆 looking once again like it was created by a collision.
This succession of individuals found injured or dead in Moorea lagoon suggests a clear link between the growing presence of turtles in Moorea lagoon and an excessive speed observed and reported on several occasions; a speed that is limited to 5 knots.
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