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  • SEA LIFE, Day and Night on the Reef

Please be aware that our Day & Night on the Reef oceanarium is currently closed for an exciting update – ocean explorers will still be able to see our amazing creatures, including our dugong, sharks, rays, jellyfish, turtles, penguins and our other incredible marine life throughout the rest of the aquarium! Please sign up to our newsletter for updates on our Day & Night on the Reef Oceanarium reopening.

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Meet our Turtles

Here at SEA LIFE Sydney we have a loveable bunch of turtles that you can spot during your visit. Keep your eyes peeled for our newest resident, Plugga the Green Sea Turtle.


Get up and turtle-y close with our turtles on our Glass Bottom Boat tour and optional turtle encounter! 

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Sea Turtle Plugga chilling at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Meet Plugga

Meet Plugga, a 120kg rescue Australian Green Sea Turtle. Plugga was found washed up on a beach in 1990 with much of her right-rear flipper missing. After she outgrew her home in a marine park in Coffs Harbour she made the journey down to us here in Sydney. Plugga now lives with us and her 2 other turtle tank mates in our Day and Night on the Reef zone.

Sea Turtle Dave and Chong at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Meet Dave & Chandler

Dave and Chandler are two of our resident turtles here in Sydney. They are fed 3 times a week and cannot get enough of squid! It's their favourite! These guys both weigh between 150 - 200 kg and are over 25 years old! Try and spot them at Turtle Beach in the Day and Night on the Reef Exhibit!

Ernie Broad Shelled River Turtle

Meet Ernie

Ernie is one of our broad-shelled turtles. He is quite different looking from our other turtles, this is because he is a freshwater turtle! This species of turtle can be found in rivers all around NSW and preys on shrimps and yabbies. You can spot Ernie in our very first tank as you enter the aquarium!

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Plugga's Journey

Plugga, our Green Sea Turtle, travelled to SEA LIFE Sydney all the way from Coffs Harbour.Learn more about her journey in the video to the left.

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