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What to do when you find Stranded Loggerhead Sea turtles
- Author: Jeanette du Toit
- Thursday, 30 April 2015
To see these magnificent creatures make their way up the beach, dig a hole with their flippers, lay their eggs, carefully cover up their nest, camouflage the site and return to the ocean is a rare and special experience, especially in view of the fact that the loggerhead is listed as vulnerable and the leatherback listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.
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On the 16th of April a juvenile loggerhead turtle was picked up by a member of the public, on Grotto beach and taken to the Hermanus Fire Station. The turtle was kept overnight in a warm, home environment and was taken to Two Oceans Aquarium the next day. The turtle is doing fine and will be recovering at the Two Oceans Aquarium, with many others, to be released when they are stronger and can fend for themselves.
Photo: This baby Loggerhead turtle was found on Grotto Beach
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 Environmental Management Section of Overstrand Municipality on 028 316 372
- Make a note of exactly where the turtle was found.
- At the Two Oceans Aquarium the stranded turtles are rehabilitated 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.
LOGGERHEAD TURTLE – Caretta caretta is an oceanic turtle, belonging to the family Cheloniidae.