Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media preview of the Turtle Rescue Center at SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine. All opinions are 100% my own.
On July 11, the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine celebrated two things: Their 2nd Anniversary and the Unveiling of their NEW Turtle Rescue Center. The Turtle Rescue exhibit is open to the public and will be the permanent home for non-releasable endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, Roxy and Squirt.
The Turtle Rescue Center includes display tanks that were specially designed to the depth the turtles are able to safely dive based on their injuries, as well as educational information on conservation and turtle rescue.
Before being transferred to SEA LIFE Aquarium, both injured Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were rescued and rehabilitated by Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas. Roxy was found stranded off Mustang Island Gulf Beach in 2007 after both left limbs were bitten off and her right limb suffered a large bite, limiting mobility on her left side. Squirt was found stranded on the Padre Island National Seashore in 2009 after a boat strike caused paralysis of both rear flippers and a cracked shell, affecting his ability to dive. Due to the severity of their injuries, both turtles are unable to return to their natural habitat and will now live out the rest of their lives in the safety of SEA LIFE Aquarium.
In addition to seeing the two endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles in the new exhibit, visitors will also be able to learn about Flip, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle found stranded on the shores of the Netherlands.
SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine transports you into the amazing underwater world. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and powerful sharks. With an amazing 360° ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and more than 5,000 sea creatures the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun! To get any closer you would have to get wet! Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12.