It's winter-time Down Under, with a variety of seasonal illnesses for people — and animals. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef HQ Aquarium in Queensland is making a special effort to help one group of sea creature weather the cold:
During the winter months there's an influx of sick and injured turtles at the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital in Townsville.
Cooler temperatures slow the cold-blooded creatures down during this time which means they're more likely to be hit by passing vessels.
Chilly waters can also exacerbate illnesses such as lung infections and parasite infestations.
To boost their chances of survival, Reef HQ staff are giving turtles spa baths in water heated to a balmy 28 degrees [Celsius / 83 degrees Fahrenheit].
Web site: Turtle Hospital at Reef HQ Aquarium
Turtle Hospital Videos on YouTube.