Every year, thousands of loggerhead and leatherback turtles hatch on the beaches of northern KwaZulu-Natal. They head to sea and are carried southward by the warm Agulhas Current. Facing high levels of predation and strong currents, many hatchlings find themselves off the Cape's south coast - stunned by the cold, weak and often injured. Many inevitably wash up and are stranded on our beaches.
The Two Oceans Aquarium conservation team has teamed up with coastal communities and organisations to create network points that are able to care for these hatchlings and to transport them to the Aquarium's turtle rescue, rehab and release centre.
List of Turtle Rescue Network contacts:
Organisations listed below have worked with our turtle team to ensure that their staff have the needed training and resources to help ensure a successful turtle rescue. If you find a turtle, please get in touch with the nearest network point.
- V&A Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium (021 418 3823)
- Muizenberg, Shark Spotters (078 174 4244)
- Hermanus, South African Shark Conservancy (028 312 3029)
- Gansbaai, Dyer Island Conservation Trust (076 061 3114)
- Struisbaai, NSRI Station 30 (082 990 5952)
- Witsand, Lower Breede River Conservancy Trust (028 537 1296)
- Mossel Bay, Bartholomeu Diaz Museum Complex (044 691 1067)
- Wilderness, SANParks (084 714 7793)
- Sedgefield, CapeNature Goukamma Nature
- Kynsna, SANParks (044 302 5600)
- Plettenberg Bay, Tenikwa Wildlife (044 534 8170)
What do I do if there is no network point nearby?
The ideal situation is for you to bring the hatchling directly to the Two Oceans Aquarium. If you are unable to do that, feel free to work with any organisation we are affiliated with to get the turtle here safely.
If your organisation would like to join the Turtle Rescue Network, please contact us so we can arrange for you to get the needed training and resources to be an effective part of this amazing team!