On 16 December, after months of preparation by eh amazing turtle rehab team, the Two Oceans Aquarium finally released Yoshi, its large resident loggerhead turtle off the coast of Cape Town.
The team had to wait for the ideal weather conditions, and Saturday 16 December, the Day of Reconciliation, turned out to be the ideal day.
Yoshi is over 20-years-old!
The Aquarium described the event as 'monumental event in the lives of our passionate and dedicated turtle rehab team. Safe to say all our staff members have grown extremely attached to this icon of the Aquarium. There were few words and many tears on the boats as this humungous beauty made her first splash in 20 years into the wild waters of South Africa. Yoshi disappeared and swam off the moment she hit the water.'
The first ping received from the satellite tag attached to Yoshi at 04h30 on Sunday morning showed she's making great progress.
Video and Photographs courtesy of Two ocean's Aquarium
Take a listen to Two Oceans Aquarium talk about Yoshi's journey: