29 January 2015

Seventeen juvenile loggerhead turtles returned to ocean after Aquarium rehabilitation

Waiting for the right weather conditions over the past few weeks had delayed plans, but yesterday we finally received the all-clear to head to Durban to release 17 juvenile loggerhead turtles back into the ocean.

Renée Leeuwner, the assistant communications and sustainability manager at the Two Oceans Aquarium (right), with the rest of the turtle-release team

The turtles were already waiting there for us – they’ve been staying at uShaka Sea World since November, after being rehabilitated at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Concerned members of the public brought them to us after finding them washed up on Cape Town beaches.

Now, fully healthy and happy, and re-acclimatising to Durban waters at uShaka Sea World, we were able to get on a boat and head out to sea to return them to their rightful home.

We live-tweeted the occasion this morning (despite connectivity issues and a pretty bumpy ride!) – check out our tweets and the video below:


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UPDATE: We chatted to News24 about the release – watch the video below.

Here’s another angle on the story, from uShaka Sea World: uShaka Sea World and Two Oceans join forces to save turtles.

Here’s how eNCA covered the story: Loggerhead turtles returned to the wild.

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