Celebrate Sea Turtles Aug. 13

Filed under: Pine Knoll Shores by pineknollshores on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Nimbus, the Aquarium’s rare white sea turtle, is turning three! In honor of the unusual loggerhead and to highlight sea turtles everywhere, enjoy a daylong Sea Turtle Celebration on Aug. 13.  Find out more about these captivating reptiles, the troubles they face and how to help them. Activities are free with admission or membership.

  • Sign a super-sized birthday card for Nimbus
  • Check the Sea Turtle Nursery for this season’s hatchlings
  • Meet sea turtles in a Creature Feature or animal encounter
  • Increase your sea turtle savvy with hands-on activities and crafts
  • Pledge to do a few simple things to help all sea turtles

Nimbus is on exhibit near the Living Shipwreck and the hands-on Sea Turtle Rescue exhibit,across from the Gift Shop.

Also watch for an inflatable giant leatherback turtle, and  special displays, programs and crafts. Meet some sea turtle volunteers who help monitor local sea turtle nests. The event coincides with hatching season. From now through fall, sea turtle nests buried months ago hatch out. Usually the 100 or so turtles per nest emerge en masse and scurry for the surf to spend the rest of their lives at sea, except when females return to lay eggs.

Because of sea turtles’ imperiled status, the state Wildlife Resources Commission and trained volunteers monitor nesting. They excavate each nest after it hatches to assess how many turtles it produced, and to assist weak turtles still in the sand. That’s how Nimbus was found in August 2010 – read more of the Nimbus story Each year, the Aquarium provides temporary care for many of these little turtles until they can be released, usually a few days or weeks. Some stay a little longer for educational exhibits and programs. In addition to Nimbus and seasonal hatchlings, the Aquarium is home to a young green sea turtle that swims in the Living Shipwreck.