18 Jul 2015

Endangered sea turtle on the mend

11:45 am on 18 July 2015

An endangered sea turtle found washed up on a Wellington beach is showing positive signs of recovery but remains in a critical condition.

The turtle undergoes a CT scan.

The turtle undergoes a CT scan. Photo: Supplied

The Olive Ridley sea turtle has been undergoing treatment at Wellington Zoo since being discovered on Lyall Bay beach a week ago.

A CT scan yesterday revealed no underlying injury or damage, and clear lungs.

Veterinary Manager Lisa Argilla said she was happy with the turtle's progress over the past few days but they did not yet know if its digestive system is in working order.

"The CT results revealed no underlying injury or damage, and her lungs are clear," said Dr Argilla. "Looking at the scan results alongside her activity over the last few days, we are happy with how she is progressing."

She said the zoo eventually hopes to start a rehabilitation process before released the creature back into the wild.

"Ridley's movements suggest she is getting stronger, and every day that she keeps going is an encouraging sign," said Dr Argilla.