13 May 2010

The I&J Predator Exhibit introduces turtles Yoshi and Wasabi

Palesa Motau
Yoshi, the loggerhead turtle. Photo courtesy J Weeks

Yoshi is a loggerhead turtle that was confiscated from a boat in Table Bay Harbour by the authorities in 1997, after getting caught in a trawler’s fishing nets. When she arrived at the Aquarium, she was the size of a dinner plate, but now she weighs more than 120kg.

The loggerhead is a carnivore with a strong jaw and feeds on crabs and jellyfish, but on occasion will eat seaweed.

The loggerhead sea turtle is an endangered species as a result of its habitat being damaged by pollution. 

Wasabi is a green turtle that was found washed up on Muizenburg Beach by a member of the public.

When she was found, she was weak and dehydrated from being exposed to the cold False Bay waters, a long way from her warm Indian Ocean home.

She was slowly nursed back to health by the aquarists and displayed in the Tropical Exhibit. As soon as she was big enough, she was moved to the I&J Predator Exhibit.

The green turtle gets its name from the colour of its skin and not of its shell, which is usually brown or olive.

Wasabi, the green sea turtle

Green turtles can weigh up to 317.5kg, making them some of the biggest sea turtles on Earth. They are herbivores and feed on algae and sea grasses.

They are on the endangered list because humans are destroying their nesting grounds. They are also slaughtered for their eggs and meat.

Yoshi and Wasabi are fed at 15h00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in the I&J Predator Exhibit

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