Rays

Out of all the animals that you may find at SEA LIFE Porto, the Cownose is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most playful! It has two frontal lobes in its head, and two little holes under the eyes, which make it look like a cow!

They can measure up to 2 meters (79 inches), have a diamond-shaped body and are also known as golden rays. They like to rest on sandy bottoms where they sometimes hide and search for food, digging up small clams and oysters, their favourite snack, through a very effective strategy of alternating blowing and suction.

Usually they are harmless but, when feeling threatened, they can use their sharp spikes on the tips of their tails to do some damage!

Loggerhead Turtle

Our Loggerhead Turtle, Antiopi, is between 50 and 60 years old! She was rescued from the Greek island of Zakynthos where she had suffered head injuries from a boat propeller.

Sadly, she cannot be returned to the wild because of the damage to her brain so we have given her a permanent home here in Scarborough.

She can often be found sleeping near the bottom corner of the tunnel with her head in the rocks.

 

Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles because they often mistake them for their favorite food which are Jellyfish, and choke on them.

SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way. Turtle Watch allows you to see what happens to these turtles once they are tagged and released!

The temperature of the sand in which a Sea Turtle's eggs are buried, determines what gender they will be. If it's warmer they'll be girls, cooler and they'll be boys!

Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles because they often mistake them for their favorite food which are Jellyfish, and choke on them.

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Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles because they often mistake them for their favorite food which are Jellyfish, and choke on them.

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SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way. Turtle Watch allows you to see what happens to these turtles once they are tagged and released!

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SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way. Turtle Watch allows you to see what happens to these turtles once they are tagged and released!

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The temperature of the sand in which a Sea Turtle's eggs are buried, determines what gender they will be. If it's warmer they'll be girls, cooler and they'll be boys!

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The temperature of the sand in which a Sea Turtle's eggs are buried, determines what gender they will be. If it's warmer they'll be girls, cooler and they'll be boys!

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Terrapins

When you visit you'll come face to face with our Red Eared and Yellow Bellied Terrapins!

Terrapins are often bought when they are very small and cute, but they aren't ideal pets: They need lots of varied food, a heat lamp for sunbathing, lots of water for swimming and they can live for over 40 years! In fact all of our Terrapins were donated by people who could no longer care for their pets and we've run out of room.

Boy or girl? It's easy to tell! Look for the smallest Terrapins with the longest claws, those are the boys. Males sometimes swim in front of the females, who are much larger than them, and wiggle their long claws in the ladies faces to try and impress them.