I skived off from the perpetual squid-cutting duties to go and watch the turtles being fed. Up on top of the Two Oceans aquarium, on the roof, is the quarantine area where sick animals and new arrivals are kept. But these are by far the most charming. A whole row of tanks, each one with a baby turtle flailing around inside it signalling “feed me!” with their flippers.
These little guys were rescued, found washed up on the beaches here in Cape Town. They are from the warmer east coast and got swept here into our cold waters where they usually die of hypothermia, or drown, unless they are rescued. They are being kept here until they are big and strong and healthy enough to be released again.
A little further on, in a big drum covered over with netting is this:
This is Otto, a rescued hawskbill turtle who was found washed up and dying at Yzerfontein. The photo doesn’t really convey how impressive she is. She’s a big girl, and she looks as though she’s doing really well now.
In case you are interested:
- Photos of baby turtles being released back into the sea by Two Oceans staff
- The story of Otto the turtle