Maryke Musson is the Curator of the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Exactly one year ago, our super turtle team released more than 50 turtles, as well as Otto, a tagged female hawksbill turtle, 30 nautical miles off Cape Point.

Photo by Jacques Marais

Otto was fitted with a satellite tracking device beforehand and it has been amazing to follow her journey.

Photo by Jacques Marais

She headed straight up the East Coast and after a bit of coral munching in Mozambique, crossed the channel and made for Madagascar by April. She clearly loves Madagascar - as she has been hanging out around this beautiful island ever since.

Otto's current location: right; and Winston's current location, left

Our other little rescued hawksbill, Winston, was released two weeks later.

He headed back towards Cape Town and spent most of December hanging out near Sea Point, actually! By middle January he started heading up the West Coast and has now gone past Gabon.

These turtles have travelled thousands of kilometres in two different oceans and have taught us so much. Huge big thanks to all those involved from rescuing, to rehabilitating, to releasing! What an incredible tale of special turtles.

“We released over 160 turtles in 2015 and almost 80 in 2016. With a 76% release rate of rescued turtles, we know we are making a positive difference. ”

To learn more about our turtle rehab and release work, please click here.

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