Students from Coffs Harbour’s Jetty High School are helping to save endangered marine life through the “Scientists In Schools” program which unites professionals from scientific careers with school students.
Dolphin Marine Magic veterinarian, Dr March, has been working with Jetty High students for the last two and half years, educating the students about common diseases affect marine turtles on the east coast of Australia. This learning has involved hands on participation in Dolphin Marine Magic’s marine wildlife hospital where the students have assisted in the care and treatment of sick and injured sea turtles. The program has also involved the students in post mortem examinations of turtles and the testing biological samples collected from animals within the hospital.
Today the students had the opportunity to see a successful outcome from their efforts when they were able release “Stewie”, an endangered Green Sea Turtle who was rescued earlier this year and whom the students have helped to care for. After months of care Stewie was released back into the ocean on Tuesday morning by Jetty High students under the supervision of Dolphin Marine Magic staff and Dr March.
AUTHOR: Aaron Tolley – Manager of Life Sciences