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.”
Bay World staff is said to further rehabilitate the turtle.
Bay World confirmed yesterday that most of Sunny’s hind leg was missing.
“This turtle is normally found in northern KwaZulu-Natal and it may have been swept down the coast in recent strong currents and storms,” said Lambinon.
- African News Agency (ANA)