Oct 23, 2023 at 1:38 PM Update: 5 minutes ago
Fishermen have found a so-called Kemp’s sea turtle off the coast of Walcheren. The turtle had ended up in the fishing nets. The animal is taken care of by Blijdorp.
The condition of the sea turtle is stable, Diergaarde Blijdorp reports. The shell is somewhat damaged, but the animal is alert and swimming actively. The animal can gain strength in the Rotterdam zoo. If that goes well, the turtle will be released again next year near Florida.
The turtle has been given the name Boeier, named after the ship of the fishermen who found the animal.
Blijdorp is the only place in the Netherlands where sea turtles can be cared for. For the time being, Boeier is swimming behind the scenes in quarantine, where he is being examined by the vet. Blijdorp hopes that the turtle can move to the Oceanium in a few weeks, where visitors can view Boeier.
The Kemp’s sea turtle normally only occurs in the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world. It is also the smallest sea turtle species, measuring about 75 centimeters in length and weighing up to 40 kilos.
Only seven times before has a Kemp’s sea turtle washed up in the Netherlands. So far, our country has managed to get sea turtles to recover twice and successfully reintroduce them.
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Image: Blijdorp Zoo
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