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Sea TURTLE Accepting Applications for 2012 Program

The New England Aquarium announces the 2012 Sea TURTLE (Teen Underwater Research, Training and Learning Expedition) program is now accepting applications.

Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 can earn Open Water SCUBA diving certification with a team of peers, immerse themselves in the marine biology of New England, and then safely test their diving skills on a local overnight expedition. Applicants must be strong swimmers, and should provide evidence of interest in marine science. Preference is given to those who that have participated in another Aquarium teen program(including Teen Ocean Summit), although is not required to apply. The program fee is $1,700. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants. All applications must be submitted by April 2.

Visit the website to learn more about the program or to apply.

Sea TURTLE Accepting Applications for 2012 Program

The New England Aquarium announces the 2012 Sea TURTLE (Teen Underwater Research, Training and Learning Expedition) program is now accepting applications.

Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 can earn Open Water SCUBA diving certification with a team of peers, immerse themselves in the marine biology of New England, and then safely test their diving skills on a local overnight expedition. Applicants must be strong swimmers, and should provide evidence of interest in marine science. Preference is given to those who that have participated in another Aquarium teen program(including Teen Ocean Summit), although is not required to apply. The program fee is $1,700. Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants. All applications must be submitted by April 2.

Visit the website to learn more about the program or to apply.

Live Webcast on Sea Turtles

Join Connie Merigo, manager of the New England Aquarium’s Rescue & Rehab department, for a live webcast from the new Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA.  The webcast will discuss how to tell the difference between green sea turtles and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time: 1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Location: http://rescue.neaq.org

Name That Sea Turtle

The New England Aquarium has a new sea turtle, and the public is invited to suggest names for this Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which has an inspiring tale of survival. The contest winner will help introduce this endangered turtle to its home in the Aquarium’s four-story Giant Ocean Tank. The public can submit names at the Aquarium or online
Over two years ago, this turtle was found floating off the Louisiana coast with a fractured shell and skull caused by a strike from a boat propeller. Her eye was severely injured, and her brain was visible. She was taken to the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans where a group of animal rehabilitation staff began work on her but did not expect that she would make it. Too injured and thin to undergo surgery, they fed her a gruel of crab, squid, fish and clams through a tube three times a day for several weeks. Once more robust and stable, she underwent surgery and had her shell repaired with metal plates.
Two years later, she is as healthy as can be hoped for, but she is blind in one eye with poor hunting skills. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has certified that she would not be able to survive if released back to the wild. Instead, she will launch a career in marine education as millions of human visitors will see her in the Aquarium’s huge and stunning Caribbean coral reef exhibit that features four other sea turtles and 150 other species of sea creatures.
This sea turtle has likely been to Massachusetts before! Kemps hatch on beaches in the western Gulf of Mexico. However, many of these juvenile sea turtles visit the waters south of Cape Cod in the summer to feed on crabs.