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. We've already 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.
What to do if you spot a stranded turtle
- 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
We will take in any stranded turtles found in the Western Cape. For areas further afield, please call your nearest aquarium or rehabilitation centre.
We rehabilitate the stranded turtles until they are strong and healthy. They are then sent to uShaka Sea World in Durban where they are released into the warmer waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Read about and take a look at some of our rescue operations below:
- Seventeen juvenile loggerhead turtles returned to ocean after Aquarium rehabilitation
- May the Force be with you, Yoda
- Critically endangered hawksbill turtle rescued by Aquarium