The Two Ocean Aquarium is back in the news this week with its turtle rehabilitation and release programme.
The programme cares for a number of injured turtles with the hope of restoring their health and releasing them back into the ocean as soon as possible.
At present the aquarium is caring for a young hatchling (Hatchling No 31), a loggerhead turtle who is not quite ready for release, but is receiving massage and exercise in order to strengthen his front flippers.
Newcomer Koda is also doing well after being rescued at Eskom Koeberg Nature Reserve and brought to the aquarium covered in barnacles.
Other turtles under the care of the aquarium include Moya, recovering from a large wound to his flipper and Bob and Sandy recovering from a propeller wound and loss of eyesight due to eating plastic respectively.
We thank the staff at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium for all their efforts, but the reality is that all these incidents could have been prevented. Surely it is time for those using our oceans to become more aware of who they are sharing the marine environment with. Our marine animals are suffering due to our disregard for, not only their natural environment, but for the very environment that we depend for our survival.