It was an emotional moment saying 'goodbye' to Menai on Friday afternoon and leaving her at the turtle rehabilitation centre in Gran Canaria.
However, we will be returning within a couple of months to permanently release her into the wild. We will fit her with a satellite tag beforehand so we can follow her journey for many months, possibly even a few years!
We will not release Menai straight into the waters around the Canary Islands as she needs to be close to the warmer waters in the Atlantic near the equator. So our plan is to take her south west from the Canary islands in a boat before finally releasing her. If anyone has access to or contacts with a suitable boat please let us know we will be very grateful!
Why not pop in to see if you can find our baby cuttlefish? They're only about 1/2 cm long and masters of camouflage!
Menai has settled in well today here at the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de Tafira in Gran Canaria. The staff here are wonderful and she is in good hands with Pascual Calabuig and his team!
After her arrival yesterday afternoon, she has been moved into her own tank large with water deep enough for her to dive. She guzzled 2kg of calamari so was in good spirits today and seems recovered from her travelling, although still a little buoyant from the flight this is already improving.
She's loving the sunshine and naturally warm sea water!
The last 48 hours have been long and epic for Menai The Turtle!
We started at midnight on Sunday night from Anglesey Sea Zoo, drove her to the cargo area at manchester Airport for 4am and flew her to Gran Canaria, arriving yesterday afternoon.
Huge thanks to all the Thomson Airways staff who were incredibly helpful through the entire process and made the process run very smoothly. The passengers on the aircraft even had a commentary on Menai during their flight!
Menai is settling in well at the turtle rehabilitation centre here and seems very happy.
We will be giving daily updates and posts on her progress so watch this space!
Today we're saying goodbye to Menai the Turtle as it's her last day - tomorrow she's flying off to Gran Canaria to continue her rehabilitation! We wish her luck in the next chapter of her journey!
Then and now... Menai the Turtle has been here for 7 months - the difference is amazing! She's doubled in weight and is all ready to fly to Gran Canaria for further rehabilitation and release! You can support her further rehabilitation and tagging at her crowdfunder at: http://ow.ly/vlGC30cuGjV BBC Earth
Menai the Turtle will only be here for another week and a bit! You can help support her tagging and further rehabilitation in Gran Canaria at: http://ow.ly/5eo330ctX21
We'll be at the All Wales Boat Show 2017 in Conwy again on June 10th and 11th - come say hi and try some fun activities!
Happy #WorldOceansDay! We're celebrating with a special quiz and Octonaut activities - how are you celebrating our oceans?