Davey Jones (DJ) is a Loggerhead turtle. She was rescued and rehabilitated in Cape Town in 2015 and was transferred to uShaka Sea World about a year later. She is estimated to be 6 years old and has spent the past five years finding new ways to steal food from the rest of her mates. This boisterous young girl eats anything but definitely seems to enjoy crab and prawn the most.
Ula is the youngest of our resident Loggerhead turtles. She was rescued in 2014. Ula’s rehabilitation was an extended process as she struggled with her buoyancy and had some deformity to the shape of her carapace. Ula joined the rest of the turtles in turtle lagoon in 2016.
Herbie is our adult female Loggerhead turtle. Herbie got her name from the unique shape of her shell, which resembles a VW Beetle. Herbie was rescued several years ago and is the oldest Loggerhead turtle at uShaka Sea World. She is a real lady and can sometimes be very fussy with her diet.
Napoleon is our adult male Green turtle. He was found stranded in Sodwana in 2011 and was in poor health. Napoleon was initially unable to swim or eat on his own and the prognosis was poor. After several months of intensive rehabilitation, treatment and exercise, Napoleon was well enough to join the rest of the animals in our Turtle Lagoon. He is still a little more buoyant on one side and needs extra care when the temperature drops. Napoleon is a gentle giant; he spends his days relaxing in the exhibit and can often be spotted following the female turtles.
Wasabi is a Green turtle. She was rescued in Cape Town and got her name from her incredible bite. She has developed arthritis in her right front flipper from an injury she sustained before being rescued. This makes it very difficult for her to swim in colder weather. Her pain is managed with medication when needed. Wasabi loves munching on sea lettuce, back scratches and can often be found distracting our divers from their work.
Fran is a Hawksbill turtle. She was rescued from the Bluff in November 2016 by one of our team. She was named Fran, because her incredibly beautiful shell reminded him of the person he was going to marry. Fran, was emaciated upon arrival and was missing her left front flipper. Her shell was overgrown with algae and barnacles; she was dehydrated and didn’t have the energy to swim. We were unable to determine what caused Fran to lose her flipper; either a predator or entanglement in fishing line. While some turtles are able to cope in the wild with three flippers, Fran was unable to and has made uShaka Sea World her home. Fran is a little camera shy, but can usually be found swimming around our turtle lagoon looking for crabs to munch on.
Pemba is our adult female Olive Ridley turtle. This special lady was rescued in Cape Town and spent almost two years at a facility there. Pemba had recurring infections, suffered a suspected boat strike injury and was positively buoyant. In September 2016, she was transferred to uShaka Sea World to continue her treatment. We used enrichment and food to encourage her to dive daily. A marked improvement was noted in her behaviour, and she was moved to join the resident animals in our turtle lagoon. After almost two years of not being able to maintain her buoyancy, Pemba is now able to take naps in her favourite spot at the bottom of the exhibit, dive for food and bask at the surface.