SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium welcomes a new green sea turtle named Cora! Cora was found after being struck by a boat off the Coast of Jekyll Island Georgia in August. She was taken to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where she spent four months in rehabilitation. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s main focus is to release sea turtles back into the wild, however because of her injuries, professionals deemed her non-releasable and in need long term care for the duration of her life.
Soon after being deemed non-releasable, SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium was chosen as the new home for Cora. Curator, Steve Bitter, and Aquarist, Kassie Harold, flew via Southwest Airlines to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where the newest member of SEA LIFE Arizona was awaiting her trip home. The next day, Cora was placed in a secure carrier and boarding a Southwest flight that would bring her long journey to a close. Passengers and flight attendants were excited to meet their fellow traveler and learn about her rehabilitation process.
Cora now resides in SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium’s Bay of Rays where employees and guests can watch her grow for years to come.
You can learn more about Cora on SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium’s Facebook page!
Keep an eye out as we continue to announce new and exciting events throughout the year!