The Two Oceans Aquarium conservation team released 34 hatchling loggerhead turtles and one sub-adult green turtle south of Cape Point yesterday.
The sub-adult turtle, affectionately known as Alvi, had been part of the Two Oceans Aquarium Turtle Rescue Programme since November 2018, while the hatchlings had been brought to the Aquarium during the course of 2019.
On 18 November 2018, Alvi was found by a beachgoing family at Struibaai, washed up and weak. An x-ray presented a blockage in the turtle’s oesophagus, which turned out to be a plastic bag.
Read Alvi’s story HERE
Going into 2020, only four turtles need to remain in the rehabilitation facility – Bob the green sea turtle is in long-term care for neurological damage, Anette the loggerhead that was freed from a ghost net by the NSRI, and two hatchlings that are not yet strong enough for release.