On Monday, 17 January, the sea turtle rehabilitation team at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation released 44 rehabilitated sea turtles south of Hout Bay.
The turtles were rehabilitated at the Two Oceans Aquarium over the last seven months after they were rescued from being stranded on Western Cape beaches by members of the public.
After months of rehabilitation, the turtles were cleared for release by the Two Oceans Aquarium veterinary team. They were all fitted with satellite tags, enabling the animal to be tracked, while others were tagged with microchips, similar to those used in house pets. All of this will allow conservationists to learn more about the natural movements of these animals, helping to make better-informed decisions for the protection of these endangered species in future.
On the morning of the release, all the turtles were packed into travel crates, transported to Hout Bay Harbour and loaded onto two boats – thanks to Hooked On Africa Charters and Barry Stringer of Reef Wetsuits for assisting in this regard.