WORLD TURTLE DAY AT SEAQUARIUM RHYL
Release Date: Thursday 12 May 2016
Staff at SeaQuarium Rhyl are looking forward to celebrating ‘World Turtle Day’ with a weekend dedicated to raising awareness of turtles, terrapins and tortoises worldwide. World Turtle Day is on 23rd May, so staff will be celebrating all things turtle next weekend, (21st and 22nd May).
Due to the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film, terrapins are often bought as pets. However, owners usually don’t realise how long they live or the size they reach, which leads to many being unwanted and in some cases, released into the UK’s water systems.
Aquarist Richard Morrilly said, “Here at the SeaQuarium we have three different species of chelonia (group containing turtles and tortoises) - red eared terrapins, yellow bellied sliders and a European pond turtle. They are amazing creatures that can usually reach around 40cm in length and most species live around 40 years, so they are only really suitable pets for the truly dedicated owner.”
He continued, “Red eared terrapins are the most common species kept as a pet and are now so widespread, they are classed as an invasive species in many countries with some, including Australia, even putting a ban on importing them into the country.”
The largest turtle in the world is the leatherback turtle. It is currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to egg harvesting and over hunting by humans. Conservation efforts are now in place to try and halt the decline in numbers of the species.
Staff at the aquarium will be highlighting the threats to turtles during the weekend with extra talks and demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Guests can also find out a bit more about the species at the aquarium and about turtles, tortoises and terrapins in general. There will also be special craft sessions for children where they can design their own turtle.
Throughout the weekend, all of SeaQuarium’s exhibits will be open as usual. Guests are able to see the terrapins as well as a wide variety of other species of all shapes and sizes. There is a full programme of talks, demonstrations and seal shows taking place throughout the day. :)
OPEN: Daily from 10.00am.
LAST ADMISSION: 4.00pm
Adult - £9.50 (16-64yrs)
Child - £8.50 (3-15yrs)
Under 3's - Free
Concessions - £8.99
(Senior Citizen, Disabled, Student).
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