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Public asked to keep eye out for turtles stranded on Cape beaches

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town has asked members of the public to be on the lookout for young sea turtles that could be stranded on beaches across the province.

In a media statement the aquarium explained that between April and June every year, juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up onto beaches in and around Cape Town. This year, due to rough seas and strong winds, the strandings have started even earlier with the aquarium already having received 20 juvenile turtles from as far afield as Knysna and Struisbaai.

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 aquarium has asked that should people spot a stranded turtle, the following measures be taken:

-          Remove the turtle from the beach

-          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 021 418 3823

-          Make a note of exactly where the turtle was found

They added that this is only valid for turtle strandings in the Western Cape and that those spotted elsewhere along the South African coastline should be reported to the closes aquarium or rehabilitation centre.  

The Two Oceans Aquarium rehabilitates the stranded turtles and once they are strong and healthy enough, they are sent to uShaka Sea World where they are released into the warmer waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

For further information please visit the Two Oceans Aquarium website or telephone 021 418 3823

Visit our blog to find out more about sea turtles!

 

Source: traveller24






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