JCU Turtle Health Research

Understanding healthy sea turtles so the world can take better care of sick and injured species and return them to their ocean ecosystem.

Sea turtles are a beloved and iconic fixture in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and in oceans and beaches around the world. However, there is a lack of research into what a healthy turtle looks like, which makes it difficult to diagnose and treat sick turtles.

That’s why JCU is on a quest to “fill the empty pages in the book on turtle health”, according to lead researcher, Dr Ellen Ariel.

JCU has a world-first turtle health research facility called the “Caraplace”, which provides a controlled environment that allows scientists to observe sea turtles in near natural conditions, which wouldn’t be possible in the wild.

You can support this vital research by making a donation to JCU.