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ABQ BioPark Aquarium Talks Turtles

Sea Turtle Awareness Day to teach attendees more about this aquatic animal, its struggle to survive.

January 19, 2018 - Sea turtle numbers are declining, but there is still time to protect this magnificent animal.

The ABQ BioPark invites turtle enthusiasts to learn more about sea turtles and their plight during Sea Turtle Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 20 at the Aquarium.

"All seven species of sea turtles are threatened," said Pamela Dupzyk, ABQ BioPark Aquarium/Botanic Garden education coordinator. "Join us at interactive turtle discovery stations throughout the aquarium to learn all about the challenges they face. There will also be crafts and a special showing of 'Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction,' in the Aquarium Theater." 

Attendees can visit the Aquarium's juvenile loggerhead turtle, "Shelldon,"who is temporarily residing at the BioPark to raise awareness about sea turtles. When Shelldon grows large enough, it will be released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Visitors can also watch the Aquarium's adult loggerhead turtle participate in target training with divers in the Ocean Tank. The turtle is trained to touch a target with its mouth in exchange for a stuffed squid treat. Divers enter the tank at 2 p.m.

The event is included with regular admission.

Watch a promotional video here.