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Get Up Close And Personal With A Rare Turtle Before It’s Released Back Into The Wild

By Caitlin Veale
30th Jun 2020

A vet checks over the rare turtle that washed up on Takapuna beach.

Currently preparing to take visitors is one cool creature, usually found hanging around Costa Rica and the Galápagos Islands. The Eastern Pacific green turtle that washed up at Takapuna Beach has been rehabilitated thanks to the awesome efforts of the team at Kelly Tarlton’s, DOC and Auckland Zoo. It’ll be swimming alongside other rescued pals, so you can head over to wave hello before it’s released back into the ocean. This gentle giant is a rare one, so don’t miss your chance to see it close up.

As well as busily aiding turtles, Kelly Tarlton’s are also letting you chat with a marine biologist and will be sharing some marine artifacts at a one-off community talk. It’s the (free!) show and tell you don’t want to miss–and will be a worthy reason to get any young’uns you know out the house. The presentation is part of Plastic Free July, so you might learn some facts and be inspired to make changes. Who better to learn from than the experts?

The Details

What: A talk by a marine biologist from Kelly Tarlton’s, a visit to see the rehabilitated Eastern Pacific green turtle  
Where: New Lynn War Memorial Library and Turtle Bay at Kelly Tarlton’s
When: Wednesday 1 July at 3:30pm, Friday 4 July–Sunday 19 July

Image credit: Auckland Zoo

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