Sea turtle strandings on Bonaire are rare.
An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle was found stranded at Bonaire’s southern point.
On the morning of February 8, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) staff received a call on the hotline. Nolly, a local divemaster, had found a stranded Olive Ridley turtle on the east coast of Bonaire, close to the Willemstoren Lighthouse.
After a first assessment, it became clear that the turtle, which was immediately named after its rescuer by STCB volunteers, is missing her front left flipper and has a deep wound on her left side – possibly caused by the stranding.
Rehabilitation facilities for stranded sea turtles are limited.
As Bonaire is a small island and fortunately strandings are rare, there are no permanent rehabilitation facilities. Therefore, STCB needs to raise money to help with the costs of setting up an assessment tank for “Nolly,” and for all the associated costs, such as x-rays, medication and nutrition.
Sadly, in quite a large percentage of the time, a stranded sea turtle cannot be saved, even with much more specialized services than STCB can offer.
Donations are needed to help defray costs.
Your donation will be used for:
- Setting up an assessment tank with pump,
- Veterinary costs,
If STCB raises more than what’s needed to help “Nolly,” the extra donations will also go towards saving Bonaire’s endangered sea turtles.
How you can help.
Visit STCB’s crowdfunding page. On this site, you can donate whatever amount you are able. No amount is too small. “Nolly” thanks you, along with everyone at STCB and those of us here on Bonaire.
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is a non-governmental research and conservation organization that has been protecting Bonaire’s sea turtles since 1991.
(Source: Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire)
Note Update February 14, 2017:
Sadly, STCB reports that Nolly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle that stranded on Bonaire last Wednesday, died suddenly on Monday. Thanks to your amazing support, STCB staff and volunteers were able to do everything possible to give her a chance of survival; but Nolly didn’t make it back to the sea.
Due to the generousity of many of Bonaire’s visitors, an incredible $1,605 was donated for Nolly. Approximately fifty-five percent of the money raised was used to care for Nolly: donations were spent on veterinary costs, medication, the assessment tank, nutrition, and manpower.
With the remaining donations, STCB will design an exhibit at their office so that visitors can learn more about sea turtle strandings on Bonaire, and Nolly’s situation can help educate about stranded sea turtles.