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Weʼre raising £10,000 to fund Menai the rescued Olive Ridley turtle's veterinary bills, rehabilitation costs and return to the wild

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Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey
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Staff at Anglesey Sea Zoo were surprised on Saturday afternoon (12th November), when a member of the public reported that a sea turtle had stranded on the Tan-Y-Foel beach on the Menai Strait, at the bottom of the Sea Zoo drive in Brynsiencyn. The turtle was still alive, and staff successfully rescued the turtle from the beach.

We have now had confirmation from numerous experts that she is an Olive Ridley turtle, and as such the first of her kind ever recorded in Great Britain or Ireland. Olive Ridley turtles are normally found in tropical waters around the Pacific and Indian Oceans. So the turtle named "Menai" is a long way from home!

Menai is being carefully rehabilitated behind the scenes at Anglesey Sea Zoo. She is showing signs of recovery, and appears to be growing stronger. We are still cautious but it's looking more and more promising not only that she will survive, but that she will be rehabilitated and hopefully released back abroad. We are now able to take DNA samples, which we hope will show us where she's from.

Anglesey Sea Zoo are grateful to have received a large amount of support already from local and national organisations and individuals. International Aqua-Tech in Gaerwen and Seiont Research in Caernarfon have been kind enough to assist in supplying life support and filtration systems, which are vital for Menai’s ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. We'd also like to thank Greendale Veterinary Diagnostics for their assistance with the blood analysis and Bodrwnsiwn Vets for Menai's treatment.

We are looking to raise money to cover Menai's ongoing veterinary care and rehabilitation, her food, and the costs involved in flying her abroad for further recovery and hopefully her eventual release into the wild.

Any additional money raised will be donated to the rehabilitation centre she'll be sent to (location tbc). In the unfortunate event that Menai doesn't survive, any funds raised will be donated to a sea turtle rescue charity.

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    Seamor SeaZoo

    10 days ago

    Seamor SeaZoo

    Menai's buoyancy and diving are improving and she's eating lots! Here she is feeding on squid - she also gets sardines and mackerel every now and again! Sometimes we scatter the food in the tank and let her dive for it herself. Menai is currently eating over 20lb of food in a week - more than the whole rest of the aquarium at this time of year! Thank you so much to everyone who's donated so far - here's hoping she'll soon be fit to travel!

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    Seamor SeaZoo

    2 months ago

    Seamor SeaZoo

    BBC news footage of Menai's journey to London for a CT scan!

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    Seamor SeaZoo

    2 months ago

    Seamor SeaZoo

    Here's a video of Menai feeding - she's especially enjoying squid!

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4 months ago

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  • Accounts Sea Zoo

    Accounts Sea Zoo

    Mar 22, 2017

    Many thanks to Joshua from Ysgol Bro LLeu for his fantastic fundraising which involved Turtle day at school and riding a bike whilst wearing a Tutu.

    £500.00

  • David Irving

    David Irving

    Mar 12, 2017

    £20.00

  • Julie Clarke

    Julie Clarke

    Mar 12, 2017

    Good luck Menai! Keep up the good work Sea Zoo! 😊

    £20.00

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Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey

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