Endangered turtles wash up on beaches

IN GOOD HANDS: International Union for the Conservation of Nature assistant animal trainer Emma Swart takes a closer look at the new intake of rescued Loggerhead sea turtles at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Eugene Coetzee/The Herald
IN GOOD HANDS: International Union for the Conservation of Nature assistant animal trainer Emma Swart takes a closer look at the new intake of rescued Loggerhead sea turtles at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

THOSE travelling along the Sunshine Coast are urged to tread carefully as endangered turtles have been found on the beaches.

A number of Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings, classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, have been washing up following high seas caused by the weekend spring tide.

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) rehabilitation coordinator, Juanita Raath, said the tiny turtles, weighing between 30g and 100g, were vulnerable and needed to be taken to Bayworld.

“If they wash up we look after them until they are big enough to protect themselves in the wild which usually takes about a year,” she said.

Anyone finding a turtle is urged to take it to Bayworld as soon as possible.

Sanccob can be contacted at 082 890 0207 and Bayworld at 041 584 0650.

– Eleanor Douglas-Meyers 

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