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Overstrand Municipality residents urged to be on lookout for stranded turtle hatchlings

Apr 2, 2019
Overstrand Municipality residents urged to be on lookout for stranded turtle hatchlings

Overstrand Municipality says hatchlings will be rehabilitated at Two Oceans Aquarium

Hermanus -  The Overstrand Municipality is appealing to local residents to keep a lookout for beached turtle hatchlings.

"The Overstrand Municipality in collaboration with the South African Shark Conservancy will ensure that the turtles are temporarily housed until they can be moved to the Two Oceans Aquarium where they will be rehabilitated until they are strong and healthy," described Overstrand Municipality spokesperson, Riana Steenkamp.

"Please don't put them back in the water! They are hypothermic and need rehabilitation urgently."

She had the following advice for anyone, who comes across the beached turtle hatchlings.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

•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

DROP OFF POINTS FOR OUR AREA:

South African Shark Conservancy, Old Harbour, Hermanus
Tel 028 312 302902 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)

•After hours contact: Tarron Dry: 083 366 9490 or Penelope Aplon: 072 394 9841.

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