See what it’s like to be a hero in the marine conservation world. Don your lab coat and play the lead in your own Sea Turtle Rescue. This new hands-on exhibit puts you in charge of a distressed juvenile sea turtle. Take your turtle model to a diagnostic station to find out which of several ailments might be the problem. Did it swallow a plastic bag, thinking it was a jellyfish? Did it get hit by a boat propeller? Bit by a shark? Guide the turtle through the appropriate treatment and then “release” your recovered reptile into the ocean.
The exhibit uses computer simulation technology to vary the diagnoses and subsequent treatments. You also can weigh, measure and “feed” models of baby sea turtles, just as Aquarium staff members do with weak hatchlings brought in for care. Stop by the Sea Turtle Nursery in Tidal Waters to see some real hatchlings from the current season.
Sea Turtle Rescue is also the place to see Nimbus, the Aquarium’s rare white sea turtle. The young loggerhead, now two years old, is in a new exhibit near the cylindrical window of the Living Shipwreck. Sea Turtle Rescue, free with admission or membership, is across from the Gift Shop in the Changing Exhibits Gallery.