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Adventure Aquarium Presents Turtles: Journey of Survival

Camden, NJ Waterfront – They outlasted dinosaurs, the Ming Dynasty and even the return of 80’s fashion. From ancient to modern times, the story of the turtle is a journey of survival against the odds. Over millions of years, these species have developed incredible survival strategies that have enabled them to survive since prehistoric times. Now, Adventure Aquarium guests are invited to experience this amazing journey, first-hand, through the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Turtles: Journey of Survival.

From January 14 through March 24, 2013, Adventure Aquarium invites you to come out of your shell to experience Turtles: Journey of Survival. This limited-engagement exhibit showcases an impressive array of land and aquatic turtle and tortoise species from all over the world - over 20 different turtles - including two recently rescued Loggerhead Sea turtles. The exhibit includes the largest and most diverse collection of turtles ever assembled at Adventure Aquarium and will feature special character appearances, live shows and programming designed to shed light on local conservation efforts and practical ways to help protect turtles in the wild.

“We’re confident this exhibit will be a hit with our guests due to the simple fact that turtles are so adored by people of all ages,” said Nikki Grandinetti, Curator of Fish & Invertebrates at Adventure Aquarium, who was instrumental in organizing the collection. “We’re very proud of this collection and look forward to showcasing this broad range of exquisite turtle and tortoise species for our guests.”

From a tiny turtle no larger than a postage stamp to a sea turtle that weighs over 450 pounds, Turtles: Journey of Survival introduces guests to a variety of turtle and tortoise in exhibits that highlight the evolution, biology, habitats and unique characteristics of these remarkable reptiles. Discover how certain species uses camouflage to hunt for prey, or why Painted Wood turtles dance for their food; learn what turtle belts out a high-pitched cry to scare away predators and which tortoise can live to be 100 years old; see the biggest fresh water turtle in North America and marvel at the largest hard-shelled sea turtle species in the world! This and so much more is available to guests with the price of a general admission ticket to Adventure Aquarium during Turtles: Journey of Survival.

Along their journey, guests will be introduced to two of the newest (and most adorable!) members of the Adventure Aquarium family – two juvenile rescued Loggerhead Sea turtles. The first is a hatchling only a few months old and the second is a yearling (toddler) named “Ozzy,” who was deemed “non-releasable” by US Fish & Wildlife officials. Both turtles were rescued in North Carolina and recently came to Adventure Aquarium from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, who – in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) – aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles. The hatchling will be exhibited and cared for by Adventure Aquarium staff until it grows strong enough to be tagged and released back into the wild, while Ozzy will remain a permanent member of Adventure Aquarium’s collection, serving as an ambassador for Loggerhead Sea turtles worldwide.

By exhibiting vulnerable turtle species such as Loggerheads, Green Sea turtles, Radiated tortoises and Red-footed tortoise, Turtles: Journey of Survival also aims to help shine a spotlight on turtle species in peril, including a local species - the Northern Diamondback Terrapin. In fact, Adventure Aquarium has teamed up with the Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, to raise funds and awareness in support of Northern Diamondback Terrapins, and will be presenting guests a host of family-friendly activities that also help support turtles in the wild.

This winter, embark on a journey of wonder and discovery during Turtles: Journey of Survival, only at Adventure Aquarium - where there are always more new things to see and do!  For ongoing turtle stories, facts and photos, follow Adventure Aquarium's blog at adventureaquarium.wordpress.com