Yoshi the turtle has made it to Australia with a record journey of 37 000km!

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Gabi Zietsman

Yoshi - South Africa's favourite loggerhead turtle - is living her best life out in the big blue.

It's been over two years since Yoshi was released from Cape Town's Two Oceans Aquarium, and in 26 months have clocked 37 000km. 

SEE: 24 Hours under water? The Two Oceans Aquarium ready to test human endurance in diving marathon 

The turtle is continuing to break records as it finally reached the waters of her potential land of birth, according to the aquarium on Friday. She was 66km from the coast of Western Australia and has probably already hit the coast by now as she averages about 48km a day. 

Her journey is the longest-ever recorded of any tracked animal in history.

She's projected to be heading towards Point Samson in Western Australia's Pilbara region - quite popular as a breeding ground for her kind. She could be heading here to lay eggs in her potential land of birth, or she's just after the delicious snacks on the reefs of the area. 

The battery on her tracker has also lasted much longer than anticipated and conservation officials in Australia have agreed to meet up with her if she decides to nest to replace her battery so that we can continue to track her amazing journey. 

WATCH: From squirting squid to shrimp smoothies - this is what's on the menu at Two Oceans Aquarium  

“Yoshi has always done things her way, and she might just keep us guessing for a while longer," says Maryke Musson, CEO of Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation.

"Perhaps she is just filling up on some tasty morsels, or perhaps this stop will be a more significant spot on her journey. We should know pretty soon whether Yoshi is an Australian after all, and if she is about to add to the global loggerhead population.

"Yoshi has done us all proud and we cannot wait to see what she will get up to next.”

The amazing turtle lived at the aquarium for 20 years after she was brought to the aquarium in 1997 following an injury to her shell. Yoshi has inspired Two Oceans' intensive turtle rehabilitation programme where they release hundreds of sea turtles a year.

If you want to help other turtles like Yoshi and raise awareness for their plight, you can donate to the aquarium's #YoshiChallenge here. 

ALSO WATCH: Try to hide among the fishies when diving in the aquarium's shark exhibit 

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