Thanks to Aquarium guests and staff, $10,123.21 donated to help sea turtles in the wild in just three days!

Loggerhead hatchling Darwin’s sendoff party was a definite success! Adventure Aquarium’s resident sea turtles, along with Aquarium staff, spent last weekend raising money for sea turtles all over the world and saying goodbye to rehab and release hatchling, Darwin, before his departure next week back into the wild. A record-setting donation total of $10,123.21 was collected during the Aquarium’s 3rd annual Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend, held during the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

“When our guests and team members come together in the name of conservation and support for such a worthy cause, it is a rewarding moment,” said Nikki Grandinetti, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Adventure Aquarium. “Our sea turtles serve as ambassadors that reinforce the link between our animals here at Adventure Aquarium and their wild counterparts. We are extremely proud to provide families with a greater connection to these incredible and endangered animals.”

100% of the proceeds collected from the weekend will benefit the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Florida which helps sea turtles in the wild all over the world through conservation, research and educational programs.

“Sea Turtle Conservancy is so grateful for our partnership with Adventure Aquarium,” said Lexie Beach, Communications Coordinator, Sea Turtle Conservancy. “Education and advocacy is a crucial part of our mission, which is why we love to be involved in Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend. Not only is the event a great way to get people involved and teach them about the plight of sea turtles, but the donations raised directly support our sea turtle conservation programs in places like Florida, Costa Rica and Panama.”

Adventure Aquarium looks forward to the future conservation awareness weekends in 2018. For more information on upcoming events, visit


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. AAQ is 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