JUVENILE LOGGERHEAD TURTLES RELEASED INTO THE WILD
October 18, 2010 by dyertrust
It is very exciting to see that theTwo Oceans Aquariumin Cape Town has release 19 Loggerhead turtles that have been in their care. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust rescued two earlier this year (click heretoread originalnews story)whichwere sent to the aquarium.
Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), are an endangered species, and have a lifespan of about 50 years. They are rarely seen in the cold waters beyond Cape Aghulas - the most southerly point of Africa - and are particularly susceptible to being driven along by storms and strong sea currents. Our marine biologist,Michelle Wcisel,says that less than 1 in 1000 hatchlings survive to adulthood.
Well done to the aquarium staff who have been working so hard to ensure their survival.
Watch this videoto learn more about the Loggerhead turtle.