Turtle Fest 21st May - 2 June 2013
Turtle Fest is a conservation event that is run every year in every SEA LIFE centre across Europe. This event is about celebrating these marvelous creatures and more importantly about raising awareness regarding threats facing these creatures in the wild. There will be loads of extra activities for kids and adults to get involved in like facepainting, turtle art class, conservation talks, feeding sessions and much more.
All species of marine turtles are threatened with extinction. One of the biggest threats to turtles is the loss of their nesting habitat.
Loggerhead turtles have returned to the Greek Island of Zakynthos for generations to breed and make their nests.
Today, the once idyllic beaches are over run with noisy clubs and restaurants. Excited tourists, unaware their holiday destination is a sacred breeding ground for the Loggerheads, drive speed boats through the bays where the turtles meet to breed. Some turtles are fatally injured in boat collisions, others become tangled in fishing nets or accidentally swallow fish hooks after being taken in by bait meant to catch fish. Meanwhile nests are crushed by sun loungers, and confused hatchlings disorientated by pulsating night club lights die before they reach the sea.
On average, in a nest of 100 turtle eggs, only one in the batch will mature into a healthy adult turtle able to return to the beach where they are born in later years to breed. That means that the loss of just one nesting beach can have serious effects on the population as a whole.
The nearest medical centre able to treat turtles for their injuries is an 8 hour journey by road and sea to Athens. Many turtles do not survive the journey.
SEA LIFE, in partnership with NGO Earth Sea and Sky, has now built a superb turtle rescue centre at Gerekas on Zakynthos, so that injured turtles can receive immediate treatment and care until they are well enough to return to the wild. Earth Sea and Sky is eager to recruit volunteers to help with it’s work this summer. Download the poster for details.
Turtle Volunteer Poster
To find our more information and make a donation to the turtle hospital, please visit: www.earthseasky.org/appeal.
Threats facing Turtles
Increased human presence on nesting beaches
Beach armouring. This includes building sea walls that stop the turtles coming ashore.
Beach erosion and loss of natural turtle habitat
Overdevelopment of nesting beaches
Offshore Oil and Gas industries destroying habitats
How can you Help
For every injured adult turtle we can return to the wild, the better chance we have of helping the turtle population recover. You can help us to get the urgently needed turtle hospital open as quickly as possible by making a donation at: http://www.earthseasky.org/appeal.htm
Any donation, no matter how large or small, is gratefully received.
Turtle Fest Timetable
Junior Marine Scientist Workshop
Delve deeper into the marine world and learn some amazing facts in an exciting and entertaining manner. Learn what happens behind the scenes at the aquarium and join us in the Discovery Room for lots of hands on experiments and fun.
Explore sharks the greatest predators of the seas and study fish behaviour and design through various activities based on our displays in the aquarium.
This Marine Scientist Workshop is suitable for all teenagers (age 13 – 17 years) and takes place between 10am-2pm each day.
For more information:
Phone: (01) 2866 939
Easter Workshop for young aspiring Marine Scientists
Past 2013 Events
Through experiments, activities and games children will delve deeper into the marine world and learn some amazing facts in an exciting and entertaining manner. Topics covered include: water: science in our oceans, conservation, sharks the greatest predators of the seas as well as mimicry and camouflage!
Octonauts: 14th - 15th September & 21-22nd September
At the National SEA LIFE Centre, Bray, visitors will dive into action with the Octonauts, the team of undersea adventure heroes from CBeebies. Young fans of the TV show will be able to meet the crew!
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Cleans Coast Photo exhibition at SEA LIFE Bray 9th - 18th January
An Taisce s Clean Coasts program and SEA LIFE Bray have been working closely together in the past 4 months to tackle marine litter in the surrounding area. SEA LIFE sits directly on the Sea front of Bray Beach which is a hugely busy beach for dog walkers, water sports and general beach goers.
Marine litter can be hugely dangerous to both humans and animals alike. Therefore this year we became a Coast Care group as part of An Taisce s Clean Coasts program. At every possible opportunity SEA LIFE Bray and volunteers head out on to Bray Beach to remove any litter from the beach while teaching volunteers about Marine creatures and the problems they face.
An Taisce has been relentless in their support and have given us the opportunity to exhibit the winners of their annual photo competition to raise awareness regarding marine litter and SEA LIFE Coast care group. The exhibition will be shown in SEA LIFE Bray from *9th January – 18th January. *
Environmental Workshop 15th December
The National SEA LIFE Centre Bray, Coastalove Ireland & Eco-Unesco are coming together on The 15th of December at 11:30-14:00 for an Environmental Workshop. 5 euro per person. All proceeds will help SEA LIFE to continue the vital conservation work we do globally.
We will be carrying out a beach clean on bray beach, then we will have a coffee and Tea break before heading on a conservation aimed tour of the centre where you will learn about the conservation work Sea life carries out what you can you to help.
Please contact Aine at firstname.lastname@example.org/ 01 2866939 to book a place
After School Camp
Let your children explore the fascinating marine and freshwater creatures, including Piranhas, Seahorses, and Ireland's largest collection of Sharks: the perfect environment for immersion into the science of water, and the creatures that live therein!
During this exciting 4 week workshop young budding scientists will carry out thrilling experiments, explore the amazing microscopic world and answer an array of questions such as why does a boat float? What creatures really live in a rock pool and do sharks have a sixth sense?
Booking in advance is required. For more details please contact us at 01 2866 939 or email@example.com
SEA LIFE Bray is hosting a series of conservation events throughout this year
This years Shark week was a huge sucess, and we like to thank everyone who got involved and signed our petition to ban shark finning. We would also like to remind everyone not to eat shark fin soup and avoid restaurants that have it on their menu.
For more information on shark finning and how you can make a difference, please contact Shark Allicance
Between the 20th October – 4th November our SEA LIFE centres will be hosting a special Shark Weeks event in celebration of one of natures most magnificent but misunderstood creatures.
In an urgent bid for shark’s conservation, SEA LIFE will be proudly supporting the Shark’s Trust in presenting a range of exciting, interactive and memorable experiences to raise awareness about the wide range of sharks’ species and the challenges that they are facing.
We’ll throw the spotlight on sharks for this event, so help us support the sharks and raise money whilst enjoying and entertaining yourself with the following activities throughout this two week event:
- Activity Sheets
- Badge making
- Puzzles and Games
- Shark Feeding Times
- Shark Tests
- Learn about a variety of cool facts on sharks and their habitats.
- And much more…
More details available here