SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is celebrating Turtle Week, May 19th through May 25th, with an offer of $7 off admission, plus 20% off in the retail store if you sign the pledge to stop using plastic straws.
Read on to learn about Turtle Week, as well as about SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord’s turtle shelter.
From SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord:
Did you know that humans use 500 million straws a day in the United States alone? Plastic makes up to 90 percent of trash in oceans which turtles mistake for food. To help save these favorite sea creatures, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord invites guests to join in their pledge to stop plastic straw usage. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium explorers are invited to take the pledge to end the use of plastic straws and discover each one of the totally tubular turtles in the limited time Turtle Shelter Exhibit from May 19-25th.
The Turtle Shelter features many turtles including Radiated Tortoise Fuji or Neptune, the rescued sea turtle. Guests will get a turtle-eye view as they discover what a turtle sees as they “swim” through an interactive plastic trash experience and will learn how sea turtles often mistake plastic for food which can cause them harm.
Guests are invited to experience Turtle Week from May 19-25th as the attraction pledges to end the use of plastic straws. By signing the pledge, participants not only commit to helping save all the members of #TeamTurtle, but can also receive $7 off admission and 20 percent off in the retail store. SEA LIFE will also have raffle prize drawings May 20-25th, where they will give out reusable metal straws to lucky winners during each of their daily talks.*
*Must be present at the talk to win.
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, at Concord Mills, is home to a turtle shelter through the end of 2018, so if you haven’t visited in a while, make sure to visit and check out the new residents.
The newest resident is Fuji, a Radiated Tortoise from Madagascar, on loan from Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.
Here are some fun facts about Fuji, and about Radiated Tortoises in general:
- Fuji got his name from the apples that he loves
- Fuji is 22 years old.
- The longest living tortoise on record was Tu’l Malila, who lived to the age of 188 years old.
- Fuji weighs 20 pounds.
- Radiated Tortoises can grow to be 35 pounds.
- They have nerve endings in their shells.
- Fuji likes to have his back scratched.
The Turtle Shelter is also home to several other turtle species. Watch this video of Fuji, a Snapping Turtle and some of the other aquatic inhabitants of SEA LIFE.
Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids age 3-12, but there are a few ways to save:
- Online Super Saver: Both kids and adults save $4 when tickets are purchased online.
- An individual annual pass is $45, or $43/person for 4 or more people.
- Toddler Tuesdays: 1 adult and 1 child (age 3-12) for $15. Up to 5 additional kids admitted for $5 each.
Because of a raging controversy and a disinformation campaign in my own home about the differences between turtles, tortoises and terrapins, I’ve done a (very) little bit of reading and would like to share the results of my research.
From National Marine Life Center in Massachusetts:
Terrapins live near brackish, swampy water and split their time between land and water.
Tortoises live only on land and don’t have webbed feet. They might go into water but they are really bad swimmers.
Turtle is the name given to both of the above, plus sea turtles, who live in the water and have webbed feet and flippers.