Endangered Sea Turtle Learns To Swim Again After Losing Two Flippers

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 04 Nov 2020 19:04
Endangered Sea Turtle Learns To Swim Again After Losing Two FlippersCairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre/Facebook

If this endangered sea turtle can learn to swim after losing two of it’s flippers, then we can get through 2020.

Lou, an olive ridley turtle, sadly lost two of his flippers after getting caught in a fishing net, which left the animal needing his front left flipper and back right flipper needing to be amputated.


However, after five years of rehabilitation, Lou has finally been released back into the wild in Australia.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, who cared for the turtle after the operation, shared photos of his release on Facebook last week.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre/Facebook

In the post, shared on October 28, the centre wrote, ‘Lou after a long journey by plane and 4 wheel drive was released on the Cape this morning. It was a wonderful release and huge thanks to everyone who has made this possible. You’ve got this Lou !’


Co-founder of the rescue, Jennie Gilbert, spoke to the Cairns Post about Lou’s release and explained how the turtle has already travelled 60km.

Gilbert told the publication:

It took him a while but once he got going, he was moving at great speed. It’s a great show of determination and resilience.

The cute thing was there was a smaller turtle who took a peek at Lou. It was almost like the small one saying, ‘welcome back to country’.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre/Facebook

People commented their happiness as the news of Lou’s release on the rehab centre’s Facebook post. One person put, ‘So happy for him! Hope he enjoys the ocean,’ while someone else said, ‘Happy travels my little buddy!’

Bon voyage, Lou!

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Animals, Australia


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  1. Daily Mail

    Heartwarming moment endangered sea turtle named Lou learns to swim again after losing two of his flippers

  2. Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre/Facebook