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A rescuer treats a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. (Two Oceans Aquarium/Twitter)

A rescuer treats a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. (Two Oceans Aquarium/Twitter)

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The Two Oceans Aquarium has received more than 30 turtle hatchlings rescued from the southeast coast beaches and more may need your help to survive.

Compassionate citizens have helped rescue the 33 loggerhead and leatherback turtles, as the hatchlings season starts.

Inge Adams from the Two Oceans Aquarium's rehabilitation clinic said the chances of a hatchling surviving in the wild was very low.

"Only one or two in every thousand turtle hatchlings make it to sexual maturity," she said.

She urged beachgoers who come across stranded hatchlings to not put them back in the ocean, but take them to a rescue network point.

"If you find a turtle on the beach, know that it's there because it is ill. The important thing is not to put the turtle back into the sea," Adams said.

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Here’s what you need to do:

* If they’re on the beach, you need to pick them up;

* Keep them dry;

* Put them in a container (old ice-cream container), with a little towel;

* Keep them out of direct sunlight and wind;

* And get them to a rescue point as soon as possible.

Once they reach the aquarium the hatchlings are put under quarantine, where they are weighed, measured and treated for any injuries.

The rehabilitation centre takes care of the turtles for six to nine months before they are released into the warm Agulhas current.

"We need to wait until the summer months when the south-easterly brings the Agulhas current closer to shore," Adams said.

"This is important, because then they can choose which direction they want to go to and the current is also warm, and that’s key."

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