SEA TURTLE RELEASES
On January, 7th 2011, Sea Turtles 911 in partnership with the Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, held a sea turtle release event in Yalong Bay and released seven sea turtles. World-renowned sea turtle expert and Co-Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Dr. Nicolas Pilcher, attended the event and gave presentations on sea turtle biology and conservation. Other friends of sea turtles participated in the exciting day, including student volunteers from Hainan University and Hainan Normal University, and fisherman who have helped rescue sick and injured sea turtles from poachers in the area.
Of the seven released, there were six Greens and one Olive Ridley sea turtle. The Green sea turtles were three juveniles that were rescued as hatchlings in 2010, two sub-adults rescued from poachers, and one adult female that had been accidentally caught in a fisherman's net. The Olive Ridley, Ossirian, was an adult female that had been a resident under treatment at our floating hospital for some time. Back to excellent health and weight, she was more than ready to crawl down the beach and feel her first flipper strokes of ocean freedom.
The event was titled "Raise - Release - Return" as a symbol of our joint commitment towards bringing sea turtles back to Hainan Island to nest. We raised the turtles from hatchlings, rescued from the hands of poachers. We now release the post-hatchlings from a beach that no longer receives nesting mothers. We hope that by the time these young sea turtles have reached adulthood, the beaches will once again be safe for them to return to nest and continue the ancient sea turtle life cycle.
After being rescued from poachers, suffering from an internal infection and malnourishment, then several months of rehabilitation, Arygos was released in cooperation with staff from the Ritz-Carlton, Sanya. At an introductory event for Sea Turtles 911's partnership with the Ritz-Carlton, Director of Human Resources, Lenny Lio, was given the honor of releasing one of the floating hospital's recovered sea turtle patients in July of 2010. Now little Arygos is free again in the sea, to live a life full of waves and sea grass.