Save a loggerhead turtle by adopting one at Two Oceans Aquarium

2017-11-22 18:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town – Loggerhead turtles, like many other ocean animals, face numerous threats to its survival - from plastics polluting the ocean and attacks by predators, to drastic climate changes.

“No more than two in a thousand loggerhead turtles survive into adulthood,” says Two Oceans Aquarium, which is one of the organisations in SA doing work to rehabilitate these turtles.

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The aquarium in Cape Town rescues stranded hatchlings along the Cape’s coast and nurses them back to health, with the assistance of its turtle rehabilitation and release team, and support from the community.

“For 25 turtle hatchlings that have beaten all odds, it is time for the journey to continue,” says Two Oceans Aquarium, adding that these rehabilitated, juvenile loggerhead turtles will be released back into the wild in early December.

The turtles have been cleared for release by the aquarium’s vet. “We did full examinations on each turtle, a number of blood tests to ensure they are healthy enough to be let go,” says Two Oceans Aquarium.

“Together with Yoshi, the iconic Queen of the Aquarium, they will once again face the perils of the ocean – but with a renewed chance at life,” adds the aquarium.


The aquarium held a farewell party for Yoshi on Monday, 20 November, and all proceeds made on the night will be donated to the aquarium’s turtle rehabilitation and release work.

SEE: Join Two Oceans Aquarium to bid Yoshi the loggerhead turtle farewell

Two Oceans says that it costs “about R12 per day to rehabilitate the average turtle” adding that few of the turtles are “average”.

“From 25g hatchlings to 80kg heavyweights, dehydration to broken shells and picky eaters to energetic rascals, it takes a passionate and dedicated team to provide each turtle with the individual care and treatment it needs,” says the aquarium.

Two Oceans Aquarium encourages the public to assist by adopting a turtle by paying for its rehabilitation and help continue the turtle conservation work. Click here for adoption details.

Adoption fees cover medical care and compassion "spent" on each turtle. “You'll get a unique certificate of adoption, a "turtle biography", a dedicated spot on our "turtle wall" as well as the knowledge that you've helped save a life,” says the aquarium.

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