Nature – Turtle stranding in Plett: what you need to know

Last week saw a total of seven turtle strandings on the beaches of Plett in just 24 hours.

Especially at this time of year, please keep an eye out for these little guys in the next few weeks. Turtles aren’t rescued by professionals, they are rescued by members of the public, just like you.

If you’re walking along the beach and spot a turtle, please don’t walk by or try to put it back in the water, even if it appears dead, as their metabolism may shut down, but they can be revived. Even if the turtle is dead, it can provide excellent information for researchers.

The following steps should be followed:

  • Put the turtle in a small ventilated box or ice cream tub (punch holes for ventilation) with a dry towel.
  • Keep the turtle out of direct sunlight and wind

Contact one of the following for further assistance:

  • Plett Animal Stranding Hotline 079 463 4837
  • Nature’s Valley Trust’s Chanel 072 317 2280
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre 082 486 1515
  • Ocean Blue Adventures 083 701 3583

Once the stranding network has these turtles in their care, they can immediately arrange transport through to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, where they are rehabilitated and strengthened before being released back into warmer offshore waters.

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