By: Colette Bodenstaff
It is turtle hatching season, a time when the beaches of northern KZN come alive with Leatherback and Loggerhead turtle hatchlings, all desperately scrabbling down to the sea. Once at sea they are usually carried offshore in the ocean currents. The survival of these tiny turtles is generally very low, but if they wash up on a beach there are some things that we can do to can help them. Here’s what to do if you find one:
Please do not place the turtle in a container with water. It may be weak and struggle to raise its head to breathe.
Please do not place the turtle back in the ocean/ tidal pool.
Please keep at room temperature – no air-conditioning.
Keep in quiet space and do not handle.
Do not try to feed the turtle.
Turtles are a protected species and a special permit or permission is required to have one in your possession.