On Saturday, May 24, the new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center opens to the public at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The 3,000 square-foot facility provides space for volunteers and staff to care for sick and injured sea turtles while exploring new techniques that support our knowledge of sea turtle health, anatomy and physiology.
Working side-by-side with the Aquarium’s partner, the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.), plans are to offer visitors an up-close experience with sea turtles. By providing a behind-the-scenes look at sea turtle care and rehabilitation, the Aquarium hopes to ensure a better understanding of the importance of sea turtles to the ocean’s ecosystem and support a successful recovery plan for marine reptiles worldwide.
The STAR facility features a viewing area, giving Aquarium visitors the opportunity to observe sea turtle rehabilitation in progress and learn about the processes and dedicated individuals that help heal and reintroduce these gentle animals into the sea. A treatment room with a viewing window provides a glimpse into procedures, which focus on individual animals.
The STAR Center is designed to involve visitors in the efforts of sea turtle rehabilitation and reinforce the Aquarium’s mission to inspire, appreciate, and conserve our aquatic environment.