LOGGERHEAD TURTLES are washing up on our shore line! We ask the public to actively look out for any turtles that have washed up on our shores. Between April and June every year, juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up onto beaches in and around Cape Town, due to rough seas and strong winds.
What to do..?
- Remove the turtle from the beach.
- Keep it dry and at room temperature – DO NOT place the turtle in water.
- Place the turtle in a container that has ample air holes. DO NOT put water or sand in the container, rather use a small towel.
- Make a note of exactly where, when and at what time the turtle was found.
- Contact the Environmental Management Section of Overstrand Municipality on 028 316 3724 or the Control Room on 028 313 81111.
- Afterhours please drop it off at your local Fire Department who will contact an environmental officer.
What happens to them..?
The Overstrand Municipality and CapeNature, 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. They are then sent to uShaka Sea World in Durban where they are released into the warmer waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.