Touch and go for old sea turtle ‘resting’ after beaching in Umhlanga

Umhlanga lifesavers watched over a sick turtle on Sunday January 20 2019 until wildlife authorities arrived.
Image: Umhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct

A few days after a loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on a Durban beach, another ailing turtle turned up on the shore of Umhlanga beach to the north.

The ill female turtle was kept safe by local lifesavers on Sunday January 20 2019 until wildlife authorities arrived.

It is understood the turtle was tagged in December 2005, about 9km south of the Mozambique border. Her age is yet to be determined.

Cara Reilly, of the Umhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct, said that according to feedback from the KZN Marine Stranding Network the turtle is “very sick and very thin”.

“Her skin is also peeling, which is not a good sign. The vet has seen to her, given her fluids and some antibiotics. She was resting in some shallow fresh water to rehydrate through her skin overnight,” Reilly said.

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By: Suthentira Govender

Source: TMG Digital

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