Alia Bhatt releases a 30 year old sea turtle 'Queen' into the sea


On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Alia Bhatt has done a very noble job. The ‘Highway’ actress has released a 30-year-old sea turtle named ‘Queen’ into the sea at Dahanu.

Queen is a 90 kilogram female Green Sea Turtle and was rescued in an extremely pathetic condition and after treating it, the turtle was discharged into the ashore near Chinchani at Dahanu by volunteers of NGO Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA) with Alia Bhatt joining them on Sunday noon.

The actor spent the afternoon with WCAWA in the rescue operation of the turtle along the Mumbai west coast. "We had heard that Bhatt despite being such a big celebrity was extremely down to earth and also shared a lot of concern for animals and environment. She also has a huge popularity amongst the youth and hence we thought of approaching her for releasing Queen and to our utter surprise she immediately agreed," said Dr Dinesh Vinherkar, a wildlife veterinarian and turtle expert.

The 3.3 feet long Queen, whose age is estimated to be around 30 years was infested with leeches and could barely even move when she was brought to the rescue centre. “We are extremely happy that Alia Bhatt decided to travel all the way to Dahanu braving the long traffic pile up caused by the Versova bridge repairs to release the turtle back in its natural habitat. She also spent time understanding our work and assured us her support in the future too,” said Vinherkar who treated Queen.

He informed that the turtle underwent several tests and after full assurance of her well-being she was released into the sea on Sunday during high tide.

 “Its always an emotional moment for us when a turtle that is brought dying to us recuperates and is all ready to go back to its natural habitat. Most of the turtles we get are washed ashore after being hit by a ship's propeller or getting stuck in the fishermen's nets,” said Vinherkar who runs his own vet clinic at Vakola but travels every weekend for treating turtles and other reptiles rescued by WCAWA volunteers.