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Rare turtle that washed up in Donegal on display at Exploris

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Loggerhead JC in its new home

Loggerhead JC in its new home

When JC was rescued in January in Donegal

When JC was rescued in January in Donegal

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Loggerhead JC in its new home

A loggerhead sea turtle found washed up on a Co Donegal beach in January is to go on display at the Exploris Aquarium.

The turtle, named JC by the Johnstone family who took it to their home, arrived at Exploris two months ago.

Since then it has been receiving round-the-clock care and is continuing to improve every day. When it is fully recovered it will be released back into its natural environment.

Peter Williams, curator at Exploris in Portaferry, has being working closely with JC since its arrival.

He said: "On January 14 the loggerhead turtle arrived at Exploris Aquarium in a critical condition from a beach near Rosbeg, Co Donegal.

"Since then we have been working tirelessly to slowly raise the turtle's temperature by a couple of degrees every day.

"We also decided, under the watchful eye of our veterinary team, to administer a course of antibiotics as an increase in temperature heightened the risk of a secondary infection setting in."

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JC is making slow but great progress and has been moved to a larger space where it will have more room.

The public will be able to get a glimpse of the species - which is classified as vulnerable - this weekend.


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