The Deep was fortunate to be able to offer a forever home to two Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Senza and Mabouche in 2017.
Both turtles were rescued in the Mediterranean and then rehabilitated at a facility in Italy.
Due to the injuries to their lower jaws, it was determined that they could not be released back into the wild.
Senza and Mabouche both have big personalities and have become an important part of The Deep family.
Working with large animals can be a challenge and we maintain the highest standards for both animals and staff.
Senza weighs in at over 100kg, The Deep sought a way to safely lift and move her when necessary.
This challenge was met by Clem and Maureen at 1-2-1 Animal Handling with the design of a turtle ‘tray’ that allows us to safely lift and handle our turtles.
The construction is sturdy enough to easily handle the weight of our turtles, the materials are good for use in and out of water, and the design allows for staff to have good hand holds around the stretcher to distribute weight and securely carry the occupants.
As the turtles continue to grow, The Deep looks forward to continuing this journey with them and the ongoing support of 1-2-1 Animal Handling.