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Last year we took the kids over to Sea Life Michigan to explore. They had a great time! In fact, they have been asking about when we can go back, PLUS Sea Life Michigan is located next to a Rain Forest Cafe and a LEGOLAND Discovery Center. We’d like to go back when can hit all three places.
Recently, Sea Life Michigan had some exciting news and they sent me this information to share:
SEA LIFE MICHIGAN AQUARIUM CELEBRATES SECOND ANNIVERSARY
WITH ADDITION OF RESCUED GREEN SEA TURTLE
Carr, the 85 lbs sea turtle, took the plunge into his new home, where he will join Benson,
a 28 lbs rescued sea turtle, in the aquarium’s ocean tank
Sea Life Michigan in Auburn Hills has welcomed a new resident to its 120,000 gallon ocean tank: Carr the rescued Green Sea Turtle.
Weighing in at 85 lbs, Carr will join Benson, a 28 lbs rescued sea turtle, who came to the AZA accredited aquarium last year. Carr was severely injured in a boat collision that resulted in a deformed carapace and persistent floatation issues. He was nursed to health by the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, and made the journey to Michigan accompanied by rehab teams from Gumbo Limbo and SEA LIFE Michigan.
“At SEA LIFE, we are dedicated to conservation and protecting wildlife. We are so happy to welcome Carr and provide him with a safe and happy home with expert care,” said Kelli Cadenas, SEA LIFE Michigan curator. “We hope visiting Carr will enable our visitors to learn more about protection and conservation efforts of endangered animals worldwide and inspire them to take an active role in eliminating human threats.”
Although he is healthy and doing well, Carr is non-releasable, which means he will never be able to survive in the wild. Since arriving at the aquarium, Carr has received round-the-
clock care and monitoring in a special med pool for a week and learned SEA LIFE Michigan’s target training feeding technique before being released into the ocean tank.
Sea turtles are an endangered species; only 1,000-10,000 of the turtle hatchlings born each year will survive to adulthood, according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. They face not only natural threats from predators, but also human-caused threats such as commercial fishing, pollution, beach erosion and illegal hunting.
Kroger, one of the world’s largest grocery store chains, has donated $1500 toward Carr’s healthy eating plan, a diet currently consisting of fresh vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber and peppers.
You can learn more about Sea Life Michigan and buy tickets by visiting their website.
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