Green turtle stays close to Port Stephens

A GREEN sea turtle, rescued from a trap and fitted with a tracking device, has not strayed far from home since her release at Port Stephens last week.

‘‘Crabby’’ had been treated for an injured flipper at Taronga Wildlife Hospital after being found at Soldiers Point in June this year.

The NSW Marine Parks Authority released Crabby back into Port Stephens waters on Friday.

Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park scientific officer David Harasti said Crabby was fitted with the satellite tag so details of the endangered species’ habitat and behaviour could be recorded.

‘‘Every time the turtle surfaces to breathe, the tag will send a signal to overhead satellites, which will notify us of its location,’’ Mr Harasti said.

Crabby’s signal has been picked up along beaches off Pindimar and Corrie Island National Reserve.

Her last position pin-pointed her travelling towards Soldiers Point.

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