After eight years of care, treatment and enrichment activities, Bob the “unreleasable” turtle is ready to head on to his next adventure.
The Two Oceans Aquarium’s farewell for Bob celebrated his remarkable impact, where his supporters shared laughs, a few tears and many good memories.
Bob’s meaningful impact was demonstrated through the stories and tributes shared throughout the evening.
Alexandra Panagiotou, a turtle enrichment specialist who has worked with Bob since 2020, said:
“He’s the most gentle soul, and that’s why so many people love him. It’s been incredible to see him grow, persist, and claim his space. We’ve seen tremendous growth from Bob.”
Simon Leigh, a past primary aquarist, recalled amusing memories of trying to clean the I&J Ocean Exhibit while Bob demanded back scratches.
Leigh said that the special turtle taught him more than he could imagine about the ability to communicate beyond language.
“The trust we built taught me to appreciate living creatures and what it means to be alive,” said Leigh.
As Bob heads towards release, the Two Oceans Aquarium urges everyone to remember the lesson he taught us about the impact of plastic pollution and how we can all help to make the oceans safer for turtles.
The aquarium expressed its gratitude to everyone who was a part of Bob’s journey and shared the following message:
“Bob is imprinted in the hearts of hundreds, and we are so excited to follow along on his big, blue journey.”
The aquarium announced that Bob will be flown to uShaka Marine World, where he will stay for a few days undergoing final preparations before his big release.
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