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'Cold and rough sea washes up tiny turtles in Overstrand'

Apr 4, 2019
'Cold and rough sea washes up tiny turtles in Overstrand'

Rough seas have seen tiny sea turtles washing up on Overstrand Municipality beaches

Hermanus - The Overstrand Municipality on Thursday said that rough seas experienced in the Hermanus area have seen tiny sea turtles washing up on local beaches over the past few days.

"Thank you to everyone, who has rescued turtles so far and for bringing them to the South African Shark Conservancy at the Old Harbour in Hermanus for treatment," said Overstrand Municipality spokesperson, Riana Steenkamp.

"If you find a tiny turtle on the beach, please do not attempt to put them back in the water. Sea turtles are reptiles and as such are cold blooded which means they gain their body heat from their environment, in this case, the surrounding seawater."

Steenkamp said that the Overstrand’s Environmental Management Services (EMS) team is appealing to the public to rather take the sea turtles to the following drop-off points where they will be taken to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town to be rehabilitated.


• DO NOT put the turtles back in the water

• Turtles need to stay warm and dry

• DO put it onto a towel and into a container like a 5 litre ice cream tub that has breathing holes

• DO NOT put water or sand in the container

•Make a note of exactly where, when and at what time the turtle was found


• Overstrand Fire Brigade in Mussel Street, Hermanus Industria.

• South African Shark Conservancy, Old Harbour, Hermanus. Tel 028 312 3029 or e-mail: meag@sharkconservancy.org

• African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai. Tel 072 598 7117 or e-mail: penguin@apss.org.za

• Alternatively contact the Environmental Management Section of Overstrand Municipality on 028 316 3724 (o/h) or the Control Room 028 313 8000/8111 or Emergency Control Room on 028 312 2400 (a/h). Or phone Tarron Dry on 083 366 9490

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