We have built a lovely relationship with Bayworld and we are the contact group for stranded, Dead Sea Mammals in the St Francis Area. We were called out to numerous dead seals and two Whales, we took samples of most of the animals and sent to Bayworld for the record books. We then rescued 4 Artic pups, and they were taken to Bayworld for rehabilitation and later released. We also were called out in December for a Green turtle in the canal/river area. When I went to collect is was a 40cm Green Turtle, the reports from the teenagers that found was he was struggling to swim through the waves at the mouth. He was safely taken to Bayworld and diagnosed with having an air bubble under its shell that’s why it could not swim. It was keep at Bayworld for about 3 weeks and later also released. Then having the closure of SANNCOB we had a few calls for penguins which we captured and sent them to SANNCOB based in Port Elizabeth.
The Green Turtle was the perfect example why we have put a ban on balloons in the Annual water fights, the turtles are the most effected by the left over balloons. A joint campaign with the Riperians that went very well this year with a noticeable difference in balloons been used. I would just like to make a mention and thank Stationery Butler in the village for supporting this and not supplying balloons this year instead they come up with alternative water guns.