- SEA LIFE, Ocean Tunnel
Turtles are ancient reptiles that have been around for over 200 million years!
Meaning they shared our planet with the earliest Dinosaurs.
There are over 300 species of Turtle in our oceans and rivers today. There are seven species of Sea Turtles – some are critically endangered! They are hunted for their beautiful shells and eggs, and often caught in fishing nets or plastic litter.
Antiopi is our resident Loggerhead Turtle. She is between 50 - 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.
Antiopi can often be found sleeping near the bottom corner of the tunnel with her head in the rocks.
Did you know?
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!
Rescue, rehabilitate and release
SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way.
Plastic bags are deadly to Sea Turtles which often mistaking them for their favourite food, Jellyfish, and choke on them.