Loggerhead turtle rescued after washing ashore during spring tide

Eileen van der Schyff

Seal scientists of France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Mathilde Martin and Isabelle Charrier, contacted Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) after receiving information of a washed-out loggerhead turtle on the Pelican Point peninsula earlier this week.

Antoine Amory and Naude Dryer of OCN responded and rescued the stricken marine mammal a short while after receiving the call. They found the turtle in a dire condition, as not only was it injured but it also suffered severe sunburn on its exposed shell and windy conditions dried out the turtle’s skin areas and sand clogged its eyes.
Loggerheads live in the sea, and can only be exposed to terrestrial environments for a brief period and only when conditions allow for it.
It is believed the turtle washed out during the recent spring tide. It ended up a considerable distance from the shore and then walked off in circles in a wrong direction.
Her tracks indicated she has been wandering around for at least two days. The turtle was found about 500 meters away from the ocean. When back in town, as soon as the team of OCN put the turtle in water, she seemed to regain some strength. “She will be kept at the Swakopmund Aquarium for a while to monitor her recovery.
She will be released back into the Ocean once she recovers. That is where she belongs.
Pictures herewith: the turtle was found on dry land and the terrestrial elements already started to take a heavy toll on it. The other picture shows the rescued turtle and where she was measured and weighed before being placed into a holding tank at the Swakopmund Aquarium.

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