Sunny, as the loggerhead turtle has been named, has been on an extraordinary journey in its two or three-week life - travelling about 700 nautical miles from its hatching site on the northern KwaZulu-Natal coast.
The NSRI was alerted at approximately 12.30pm on Monday by Ettiene Venter of Jeffreys Bay Surf School.
“Crew member Elaine Schmidt collected the turtle from Ettiene. The turtle appeared to have an injured left hind leg,” NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.
“Arrangements were made with Bay World in Port Elizabeth and one of our NSRI crew members going through to Port Elizabeth delivered the turtle to Bay World yesterday morning after we had cared for the turtle in Jeffreys Bay overnight.”