Loggerhead Turtle Who Spent 20 Years In Captivity Swims 23,000 Miles From South Africa To Australia
Yoshi, the loggerhead turtle. is showing scientists that you can go home again
It has been quite the journey for Yoshi, the loggerhead turtle. More than 20 years ago some fishermen found her small and injured off the coast of Africa.
They brought her to Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. They healed for her, cared for her, and learned from her. She was one of the first turtles they successfully took through rehabilitation.
About three years ago, the marine biologists there thought that Yoshi could handle being set free, even after spending 20 years in captivity.
They just never anticipated she would make history.
Real turtle excitement! Yoshi has swum an incredible 35 400km in the two years since her release – that’s an amazing 48km per day (no rests)! 🐢— Two Oceans Aquarium (@2OceansAquarium) January 28, 2020
In human terms, she’s swum 1.5 million lengths of a gym swimming pool – and that’s only half of her migration path. pic.twitter.com/5tB7tQ52GL
The aquarium has been able to track Yoshi with a satellite device. They know she’s made her way to the western coast of Australia. She could be going home to where she was originally hatched.
They do know she has swum 23,000 miles with no break. The aquarium says that’s like swimming the length of a gym swimming pool 1.5 million times!
She might be heading toward Queensland the aquarium says there is a smaller nesting population of loggerheads.
“She might just end up being the first recorded loggerhead sea turtle to cross three oceans as she continues her world travels.”
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