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Sea Turtle Awareness Day Returns January 26

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Learn how environmental changes affect turtles worldwide.

Sea Turtle Awareness Day Returns January 26

A Kemp's ridley sea turtle at the Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Wendy Forbes.

January 23, 2013

Like many other ocean species, sea turtles are struggling to survive. Come to Sea Turtle Awareness Day at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn all about sea turtles. Learn more about the seven species, the role they play in marine ecosystems, threats to their survival and how you can help protect these majestic creatures from extinction.

Education volunteers provide hands-on biofacts and teach about the BioPark's three turtles (hawksbill, Kemp's ridley and loggerhead) and their relatives in the world's oceans. Understand how sea turtles are different from other land and freshwater turtles, take home a turtle craft, or visit the Touchpools for more aquatic animal facts. Two films, Ancient Sea Turtles Stranded in a Modern World and Bag It!, will also be showing in the Aquarium Theatre.

"Sea turtles are wonderful ambassadors for ocean conservation, and that's why we want to celebrate them," said Tallie Segel, Aquarium Education Coordinator. "When guests see the challenges sea turtles face, they realize how environmental changes affect the entire ocean ecosystem and all aquatic wildlife."

While visiting the Aquarium, be sure to look for the only sea turtles living in New Mexico: they are swimming in the Shark Tank. Sea Turtle Awareness Day is included with regular admission.

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