Turtle Fest 1.-8.6.
Hooray! Turtle Fest 2013 is here! During the global Turtle Fest event we will hear about turtle facts and turtle conservation organized especially on Zakynthos island in Greece. At SEA LIFE Helsinki You will meet and greet our different turtles in Turtle Shelter exhibition and our Reeves' turtles in our tropics. On Saturday 8th June tortoises are visiting us between 11 am and 4 pm.
Zakynthos hosts more than 80-percent of nests of Mediterranean loggerhead turtles – as many as 2,000 nests in a good year. The Turtles face a number of hazards including disturbance on nesting beaches, swallowing plastic bags (mistaken for Jelly Fish) and being harrased by spotter boats.
Conservation of Turtles
SEA LIFE is committed to helping save endangered turtles, working with the conservation group Earth, Sea & Sky, to build a turtle rescue centre in Zakynthos, Greece. All seven species of sea turtles are under threat of extinction mainly from waste in the sea, over-use of nesting grounds, large-scale commercial fishing operations.
Why turtles need your help?
For thousands of years endangered Loggerhead Turtles have returned to the Greek island of Zakynthos to breed and nest. Today, the island has been overrun with noisy clubs and excitable tourists unaware that their actions are threatening ancient breeding grounds of the Loggerhead Turtles. Endangered sea turtles often mistake plastic bags floating in the sea for jellyfish. A third of adult Leatherbacks are estimated to have swallowed plastic. Help by making sure you never leave a plastic bag on the beach. It can get blown into the sea.
SEA LIFE have been working with Earth, Sea and Sky who are a conservation organisation based in Zakynthos. We have been working together to build a turtle rescue centre so that any loggerhead turtle found on the Zakynthos Shoreline will be able to receive speedy care on the Island rather than face an eight hour journey to Athens.
Below you can watch baby Loggerhead turtle's first swim!
Tortoises visit SEA LIFE on Saturday 8th June!
The Herpetological Society of Finland (Suomen herpetologinen yhdistys) brings tortoises to SEA LIFE! You get to see (and cuddle!) the adorable tortoises in our meeting room "Luoto" (room is situated inside our exhibition centre). Lecture "Tortoise ABC" will be held in the same room at 11.30 and 15.00 o'clock. The tortoises will be presented between 11 am and 4 pm.
Tortoises in the place:
All three tortoises are adults; they weigh about one kilo and look different as they present different species. Welcome to greet these beautiful creatures on Saturday 8.6. between 11 am and 4 pm.