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Residents Urged To Report Baby Loggerhead Turtle Sightings

APRIL 13, 2015
Residents Urged To Report Baby Loggerhead Turtle Sightings

The public have been urged to advise local animal conservation organisations whenever they encounter baby Loggerhead Turtles on the beaches so they can be rehabilitated.

Huge numbers of baby Loggerhead Turtles, which are endangered, have been washing up along the Eastern Cape, including on the Nelson Mandela Bay beachfront, in Port Alfred and Jeffreys Bay since last week – the turtles have also washed up in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.

“At the end of the day, it is better to get hold of local authorities rather ask them to send someone out and what we do is we put the turtles through a rehabilitation centre,” Senior Curator at Bayworld, in Port Elizabeth, Dylan Bailey, told the SABC.

Around 40 turtles are currently being rehabilitated at Bayworld.

“What we do is we start them up and keep them here until two years until they reach two kilograms so they have enough body mass and strong enough to fend for themselves at this point we tag and release them off bird island back into the wild they will spend 10 -12 years on the Aghlus bank or out at sea and migrate back up the coastline to the north where they will make their way up to the breading beaches again,” Bailey said.