- SEA LIFE, Turtle Sanctuary
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.
Meet Josie, Sharky and Gumbo
They came to us from the Florida Turtle Hospital after being treated for injuries sustained after being hit by boats in the wild. You'll notice they have weights attached to their shells to help balance them as they swim. Find out more about their personalities and injuries at the 12.30pm and 3pm talk.
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!
- When they are young, Green Sea Turtles feed on Crabs, Sponges and Jellyfish. However, adults become completely herbivorous; Eating only seagrass and algae which turns the fat inside their body bright green! That’s how they got their name.
Rescue, rehabilitate and release
SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates and releases many Sea Turtles each year which have been injured or lost their way.
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.