There are two new members of the Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine family. Roxy and Squirt are two Kemp Ridley sea turtles that are non-releasable and on the endangered animals list. Visitors can visit them at the new Turtle Rescue Center at Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine located in the Grapevine Mills Shopping Center. The Turtle Rescue Center will have specially designed display tanks that will allow the turtles to safely dive with depths that will help them due to their injuries. There will also be educational information about 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 the 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.
Visitors to this attraction can also learn about another Kemp Ridley sea turtle named, Flip. Flip was stranded on the shores of the Netherlands. SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine, along with their sister attraction in Holland, coordinated the turtle’s rehabilitation, transport back to the U.S., and worked alongside ARK to assist with the turtle’s release back into its native Gulf of Mexico in November 2012. In the aquarium’s ocean tank, guests can also view the non-releasable green sea turtle Hope, who was rescued after being hit by a boat off the coast of Florida.
“We are excited to provide a home for these two incredible sea creatures that will serve as ambassadors for sea turtle education and ocean conservation,” said Iain Scouller, SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine General Manager. “Along with learning more about sea turtles, we want SEA LIFE visitors to know that whether it’s conservation or recycling, you don’t have to live by the beach to make a difference for the creatures living in our oceans.”
Hours and Admission
Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under. Buy special discounted tickets online at www.SEALIFEus.com/grapevine. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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