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Turtles

A loggerhead turtle at the Aquarium. Photograph by Dagny Warmerdam A loggerhead turtle at the Aquarium. Photograph by Dagny Warmerdam

Turtles released back into the ocean

The Aquarium’s curatorial team bid a bittersweet farewell to 13 young loggerhead turtles in October 2008.  The turtles, which were found stranded on various beaches around the Cape Peninsula, were brought to the Aquarium by concerned members of the public. Rehabilitation and some TLC has enabled the Aquarium, in conjunction with MCM (Marine and Costal Management), to tag and release the turtles from an MCM boat in warmer waters further off the coast. 

Loggerhead turtles are endangered and are particularly vulnerable to fishing nets and long-line fishing practices.  It is hoped that the research data collected from the thirteen tagged juveniles will prove highly valuable in a global effort to save loggerhead turtles.