The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation launched its annual turtle hatchlings adoption campaign and so far, 25 turtles have been adopted.
Cape Town, South Africa (23 June 2022) – You can now adopt and name your very own turtle hatchling thanks to the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation’s fundraising plan to support rescued hatchlings.
Turtle stranding season is in full swing at the moment, and the Two Oceans Aquarium are taking in all strandings being found along the Western Cape coastline.
So many of these hatchlings wash up on the Western Cape coastlines because when they are born on the Northern beaches in KwaZulu-Natal, they make their way into the ocean and towards the warm Agulhas current.
If a hatchling is lucky, it will be carried by the Agulhas Current as it turns east off the coast of the Western Cape and out into the warm Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, this isn’t easy for the little hatchlings, and many of them are ejected from the Agulhas Current into the cold water of the Atlantic. This water is too cold for these hatchlings to survive. They get gradually weaker and weaker as they try to return to the Agulhas – an effort that is made increasingly difficult in bad weather or if the turtle has been harmed by ingesting plastic pollution.
These weakened hatchlings inevitably wash up on the Western Cape’s coast, and without human intervention, they have no chance of surviving. We have a responsibility to help these animals.
This year the Aquarium welcomes the public to join the rehabilitation journey of these hatchlings by allowing adoptions. The adoptions will help the team cover the costs related to rehabilitating and releasing each little hatchling.
So far, 25 hatchlings have been adopted. There are currently over 70 hatchlings in their care.
“TWENTY FIVE successfully adopted turtle hatchlings in our care! We are immensely appreciative of the support received so far for these hatchlings, with approximately 25 further hatchlings still available for adoption!
On average, it costs the team more than R6 000 to rehabilitate a single stranded hatchling – no small effort! You can help these efforts directly by adopting one of this year’s hatchlings – get exclusive naming rights, a certificate confirming your adoption, and personalised monthly updates about your chosen hatchling from now, until the day of its release back into the wild.
Head on over to the following link to find out how you too can your support through adopting your own unique hatchling”
The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation welcomes the public and businesses to adopt their hatchlings. You can adopt a turtle hatchling here. Please note that you are not adopting the animal into your home, merely covering the costs of their treatment at the facility before release back into the wild.