ALERT: Baby loggerhead turtles in trouble off Western Cape coast, public asked to help

2017-04-13 14:33 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Two Oceans Aquarium is calling on the public to be on the lookout for stranded baby turtles.

Each year between April and June, a number of juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up on Cape Town's beaches. To date, five loggerhead hatchlings have been brought to Two Oceans Aquarium and are undergoing rehabilitation.

The aquarium is calling on all beachgoers to keep an eye open for these little sea turtles, and to contact them if they happen to find one. 

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"Sea turtles are temperate water animals and when they are washed up on Western Cape beaches they are often suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and possibly infection. The Two Oceans Aquarium rehabilitates the stranded turtles and once they are strong and healthy enough, they are released," the aquarium says. 

Should you find a turtle on a Western Cape beach, please do the following:

Remove the turtle from the beach and DO NOT return the turtle to the sea
Keep it dry and at room temperature – DO NOT place the turtle in water
Place the turtle in a container that has ample air holes
Contact the Aquarium on 021 4183823
Make a note of exactly where the turtle was found

This advice is only valid for marine turtle strandings around the Western Cape. Should you come across a turtle elsewhere around the South African coast, please contact the local aquarium or animal rehabilitation centre.

For further information please visit website or telephone 021 418 3823. 

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