Very few people know this, but Flying Sharks has a close partnership with R.A.C.A., a network of organizations focusing on cetacean (and other animals) strandings.
For years we have been flying damaged sea-turtles, the occasional sea-bird as well, from multiple Azorean locations to the Aquário de Porto Pim, our headquarters.
There they receive much needed tender, love & care, often administered by young school children, with the assistance of our staff.
Once the animals are fully recovered, the time comes to release them back to the wild, usually accompanied by the very same kids who helped with the healing process.
Recovery can last from a few days to a few years and it’s far from cheap, but we’re happy to donate the time, and (many) funds towards this incredible program.
Thus far we recovered 33 individuals (4 Chelonia mydas and 29 Caretta caretta), with an overall success rate of 63% because, unfortunately, some animals reach us with such damage that recovery is sadly not possible. At this moment, we have 4 Caretta caretta under recovery.
The (top) images below show x-rays taken of the animals currently under our care, whose shells suffered serious damage. However, these plates show a remarkable recovery, which means they are close to swimming back in the open ocean again.
Many thanks to all the amazing individuals and institutions who’ve been helping us help these sea-turtles all these years!