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Exmouth locals farewell Jeeves as the turtle is released following flipper amputation and rehabilitation

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Ningaloo Aquarium and Discover Centre curator  Bradley Dohnt holding Jeeves in front of locals before his release.
Camera IconNingaloo Aquarium and Discover Centre curator Bradley Dohnt holding Jeeves in front of locals before his release. Credit: Supplied/Shire of Exmouth

More than 100 Exmouth locals descended on Hunter’s Beach to celebrate the release of Jeeves the green sea turtle into the sea.

Jeeves received treatment from the Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre and vets after he was found with fishing line tangled around his flippers.

The fishing line meant the flipper had to be amputated.

Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre curator Bradley Dohnt said Jeeves now weighed 8kg.

“The good news is, we’ve done lots of tracking before and they do really well to swim around and even nest while missing a foot,” he said.

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“It’s a really important reminder . . . if you have any rubbish, especially around the ocean, but anywhere to pick it up and put it in the bin properly so animals like turtles don’t get hurt by it.”

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