Eva the turtle is on her way back to the Mediterranean thanks to the crew of the Irish naval vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett and the hard work of the Galway Atlantaquaria.
The loggerhead turtle has been in the care of Galway Atlantaquaria since the beginning of the year. She was discovered after washing up on the shore of Kilmore Quay in Wexford during stormy weather. Her shell was broken and she had a number of other injuries so she was brought to the aquarium in Salthill for treatment. The Irish naval service will be returning the turtle to her natural habitat off the Portuguese coast.
— Galway Atlantaquaria (@GalwayAquarium) September 19, 2016
The LÉ Samuel Beckett departed earlier today for the Mediterranean on search and rescue operation Operation Pontus with their healthy and happy aquatic guest.
‘Fair winds and following seas’ to the crew of the LE Samuel Beckett as they dept for Op Pontus. Beir Bua. pic.twitter.com/Six3QwXQ1a
— Irish Defence Forces (@defenceforces) September 23, 2016
Update: Eva has been safely released to her new home!