Cape Town – After months of preparation and waiting for the ideal weather conditions, the Two Oceans Aquarium has finally released Yoshi, its large resident loggerhead turtle, off the coast of Cape Town.
Yoshi, weighing 183kg and measuring 107cm long and 89cm across, was taken by boat to her release point – 27 nautical miles south-west of Hout Bay.
“Given that female sea turtles always return to their natal beaches (where they hatched) to lay their eggs, it is appropriate that Yoshi is released off Cape Town so that she has the opportunity to follow her natural instinct towards her home range, either up the east coast or the west coast of Africa,” said Two Oceans Aquarium curator Maryke Musson.
On Friday, Yoshi was sedated and removed from the I&J Ocean Exhibit. She was then fitted with a satellite tag so her movements can be tracked and monitored over the next few …