Alvi the green sea turtle was brought to the Aquarium for rehabilitation by the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, in November 2018. The turtle had difficulty breathing and a piece of the plastic bag was removed from his throat. Alvi was released on 26 November 2019, after a year of rehabilitation.
After spending almost 6 months and 3 000km exploring the West Coast, particularly Melkbosstrand and Elands Bay, Alvi has finally decided it's time to go international and is making a beeline for Namibian seas.
Alvi is currently exploring the Orange Seamount and Canyon Complex, an offshore region straddling the South African and Namibian border that is well known for its pristine natural environments and is a refuge for many endangered species and habitat types.
Alvi is now about 190km southwest of Oranjemund in 17°C water (which is quite mild for a turtle). He's been averaging about 19km per day, which isn't as quick as Yoshi the record-setter but is a good pace for a turtle that is not actively migrating. We'll keep tracking Alvi as he heads further up the Namibian coastline.
There are currently 23 turtle hatchlings and two adult turtles undergoing rehabilitation with the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation at the Aquarium, and we hope to be able to release them all, healthy and ready for the ocean, by the end of the year. Alvi may have some company if he doesn't speed up!
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