Adventure Aquarium guests to enjoy exhibit showcasing resident sea turtles and species from around the world beginning this weekend!
Sea Turtle Cove, an exhibit focused on endangered species of sea turtles from around the globe as well the resident loggerhead and green sea turtles of Adventure Aquarium, will officially open to visitors on Saturday, June 18.
Located in Zone A adjacent to the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm, Sea Turtle Cove focuses on the variety of sea turtle species and the dangers these animals face from hatchling to adulthood. Fun, interactive displays also portray simple ways to help sea turtles when enjoying the beach, ocean and other areas.
“Six of the seven species of sea turtles are considered vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered,” said Nikki Grandinetti, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates at Adventure Aquarium. “Sea Turtle Cove gives our guests an opportunity to learn all about these incredible animals as well as understand more about sea turtle conservation efforts. We are really looking forward to visitors enjoying all that Sea Turtle Cove has to offer and walking away with a fresh perspective on all sea turtles, especially those that reside at the Aquarium.”
Guests will get to know the Aquarium’s resident sea turtles, ranging in size from hundreds of pounds to just ounces, as they learn more about these fascinating animals through signage, videos and interactive displays. Through special videos, visitors will learn about the lives of the Aquarium’s sea turtles from their perspectives, including exclusive footage of daily feeds, turtle enrichment sessions, yearly checkups and more.
Another highlight of the exhibit is Koopa, the current rehab and release sea turtle hatchling from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Sea Turtle Program. Each year, Adventure Aquarium acquires a hatchling from the program to rehabilitate for one year. Biologists are responsible to guide and train the hatchling to do activities it would normally do in the wild. Throughout the day, guests can watch as these activities as the hatchling grows and learns over the course of his stay. After a year, the hatchling is released into the wild off the coast of North Carolina along with other yearlings from aquariums all over the country.
Other Ocean Realm residents were also called out in new artwork, including the only Great Hammerhead on exhibit in the United States as well as other sharks, stingrays and aquatic animals living in the exhibit.
ABOUT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only Great Hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit AdventureAquarium.com.