The Two Oceans Aquarium has been home to Litchi the Green Turtle while she recovered but now she is ready to head home to the oceans of the world.
Cape Town, South Africa (25 November 2021) – The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation announced in September that Litchi is ready to be released back into the ocean. Before she can go back, they need to fit her with a tracking device, just like the one that Yoshi wore.
Litchi is a Green Turtle, and she was rescued in De Hoop on the 21st of February 2021. She appeared to be in good health but had a pretty bad infestation of marine leeches. She was quite anaemic but able to recover quite well once the leeches were removed.
Her rehabilitation process was trial and error for a time. She developed bubble butt, which made her swim with her bum out of the water. Her body was also sitting high off the ground, so the team treated her for worms, did a contrast study, examined her poop. Eventually, they just gave her space to have a really good fart!
Now that she is past the worst of it, she can set off on her next journey, the big wide ocean. The team needs to raise R30,000 for a tracker, which they will use to monitor her journey.
The team shared earlier this month that they have only raised 16% of their final goal. Thankfully, as of today, they have reached 40%. If you would like to support Litchi’s freedom swim, you can do so here.