The Turtle Clinic

Right from its beginning, the Aquarium has taken in ill or injured turtles found by the public at sea or on the beach. This activity grew over the years, as did the skill of the Aquarium personnel in caring for their health. The survival rate has much improved, and the animals, once healthy again, are released to the lagoon.

On January 10, 2011, the Aquarium released a young hawksbill turtle, following a month's nursing in the clinic. It appears to have settled happily in the vicinity of Ilot Maitre.

On march 25, 2011, the Aquarium released two turtles in the open sea. They had spent two and five years in the basin, respectively.
Following medical care, and until they had reached sufficient size to survive, some of the turtles were displayed to the public while awaiting release.

The first one was a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) of 66 cm and 45 kg, which made her an adolescent. She had not yet laid any eggs.

The second was a hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)of 55 cm and 40 kg.

The Aquarium takes in up to 10 turtles a year. When all goes well, they are tagged and released once healthy. In 2010, five specimens were nursed, then released (3 hawksbill and two green).

For several years now, the Aquarium has enjoyed the assistance of a team of vets from Clinique Robinson (an animal clinic). They monitor the animals' health, advise on the layout of the facilities, devise medical protocols, carry out autopsies, and collect data for research.