News

Sick turtle finds temporary home in bathtub

The sick green turtle in Tim Jack Adams bath. The turtle, dubbed Molly, may have ingested plastic.
The sick green turtle in Tim Jack Adams bath. The turtle, dubbed Molly, may have ingested plastic. Contributed

A KINGSCLIFF resident made his bathtub a temporary home for a half-metre long turtle who likely ingested discarded plastic.

Marine Action Conservation Society director Tim Jack Adams was alerted to the green turtle, aged about 30-years, washed up on Kingscliff beach by his neighbour on Wednesday.

The sick green turtle in Tim Jack Adams bath. The turtle, dubbed Molly, may have ingested plastic.
The sick green turtle in Tim Jack Adams bath. The turtle, dubbed Molly, may have ingested plastic.

Mr Adams said it appeared the turtle was not in good health after floating on the ocean surface for some time.

"I think he's blown up on the beach from the northerly winds and didn't have the strength to get back to the ocean," he said.

"Judging by the barnacles, it looks like he's been floating on the service for quite some time. I just hope he's ok.

"Usually it's because they eat a piece of plastic and they can't dive under the water because they float."

Mr Adams said the turtle was likely one of a small group of turtles who call Cook Island, off Fingal Head, home.

"He's had a rough trot, but if he pulls through we'll back him back out near Cook Island," he said.

"We have about 50 turtles who call that place home.

"Only 1% of the turtle population make it once they pop out of the eggs. It would be a real shame if one that did make it dies."

Kayla Kook, 15-years-old, found the turtle and dubbed it Molly. Her brother Josh was inducted as the first eco-ranger of the society a year ago.

Mr Adams said Kayla would now be offered a ranger position.

Marine Action Conservation Society eco-ranger Josh Kook with the sick green turtle in Tim Jack Adams bath.
Marine Action Conservation Society eco-ranger Josh Kook with the sick green turtle in Tim Jack Adams bath. Contributed

Australian Seabird Rescue, who deals with a variety of marine animals, rushed to retrieve the turtle for medical care.

Mr Adams owns Watersports Guru in Kingscliff and he often conducts group dives around Cook Island to admire the turtles and other marine life.

The Marine Action Conservation Society (macs-cares.org) was founded in Kingscliff and is dedicated to improving coastal ecosystems.

Topics:  cook island fingal head kingscliff turtle



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

How to push your happiness buttons

BRAINY BOOST: Exercise is a natural way to boost your endorphins and happiness.

Manipulating the neurotransmitters that make you feel good.

What's fresh at your local farmers' market

The pecan harvest is just beginning, so you will find a good selection at the markets from now. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Pecans and cauliflowers among the new buys, as well as a great tea

Local Partners

Charity has grand plans to help people help themselves

A charity that helps homeless and needy has opened a new shop in a bid to raise money to fund a venture that will feed and skill the very people it supports.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Gig guide: Get the blues in Broadbeach

Russell Morris will perform at The Star Gold Coast as part of Blues on Broadbeach on Friday, May 19

Festival fun and top shelf gigs

Tweed's weekend gig guide

Wally and the Gators play Club Banora on Saturday night

What's on in the Tweed

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!