We are excited to welcome the support of John Dory’s for our sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release project. John Dory’s has chosen to make a financial contribution towards the extensive rehabilitation of Phiko, a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling which arrived at the Two Oceans Aquarium with unique needs and a truly inspiring survival story.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is actively involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of distressed sea turtles. These turtles are found stranded on Western Cape beaches and brought to the Aquarium by concerned members of the public and our extensive Turtle Rescue Network.
Rehabilitation of these turtles can take anywhere between a couple of months to years, depending on the extent of the turtle’s injuries and illness. On average, the rehabilitation cost for a turtle hatchling is R27 per day, but specialised vet care and tests add to this amount - each turtle is treated as a special patient requiring separate attention.
Phiko, the little turtle that John Dory’s has chosen to support, arrived at the Aquarium in June 2017 as a rescued hatchling after he was found stranded in Struisbaai, weighing only 88g. Tiny Phiko was unable to use two of his flippers properly. When the other hatchlings of 2017 were released, the decision was made to keep Phiko at the Aquarium for further rehabilitation until such time as he regained proper use of his flippers.
During rehabilitation, Phiko received extensive treatment, including an MRI scan, daily physiotherapy (including flipper massages) and custom-made flipper restraints to help him exercise his weak flippers. Phiko’s progress has been slow, but steady and soon he will be fit enough for release back into the ocean.
John Dory’s has also supported the Aquarium’s Trash Bash beach cleanup with sponsorship of prizes for the event as well as sending a team of staff to assist with the beach clean-up. The Aquarium is grateful for the support from the restaurant chain and is excited to partner with it on its sustainability journey.
You can help too!
We have teamed up with Greg Bertish and the Little Optimist Trust this October to raise funds for various amazing charities around Cape Town and beyond. Greg’s passion goes into helping sick and vulnerable children. Our passion goes into helping sick and vulnerable turtles. That’s why we’ve joined forces to raise funds for both causes, an initiative that will culminate in a wonderful Great Optimist Race happening in the V&A Waterfront marina as part of the Cape Town International Boat Show on 20 October. We are helping sick kids and sick turtles.