Omiros, the rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle, (Caretta caretta), has had his bi-annual vet visit At Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay.

Rescued off the coast of Greece in 2007, the 40-plus-year-old turtle has been living at the aquarium since 2009. It’s important for Omiros to have regular health checks so the team at Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay knows he’s healthy.

Before opening doors to the public, the team of aquarists had attached a custom-made turtle carrier to a hoist above the display, so they could get Omiros safely out of the tank.

General Manager/Group Curator Steve Matchett and Deputy Manager/Assistant Curator Lara Heaney headed up a group of aquarists who assisted in the vet visit.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay was joined by Dr. Bryony Chetwynd-Glover, a vet from London Aquatic Veterinary Services who helped the team.

Bryony performed a full health check which included taking blood for routine laboratory analysis.

Steve Matchett, said: “As part of Omiros’ ongoing health care programme, he was removed from the display for a thorough examination by our vet, and blood is taken to ensure there are no internal issues that can’t be spotted externally day to day by staff.

“He is a huge favourite with both staff and visitors, and we are privileged to be able to host him here at the aquarium," Steve added.

Loggerhead turtles are named for their overly large heads with heavy, strong jaws that allow them to crush hard-shelled prey. Omiros was found with a fishhook wounding one eye and damage to his other eye, eventually leading to blindness in both eyes.

He wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild on his own, so he lives at Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay and is cared for by a team of aquarists.

The Loggerhead Turtle is target fed so he gets his daily meals and touches the sides of the ocean tank so he can feel his way around.

From the local Cornish coast to the Tropical Reef, the Newquay Blue Reef aquarium has an exciting world of underwater adventure waiting to be discovered.

More than 40 innovative displays bring to life the sights, sounds, and smell of the sea, whilst regular feeding displays and informative talks.