SEA LIFE Blackpool launches turtle conservation area

Date Posted: 05/04/2018

The Merlin attraction has now opened its doors to its new turtle rescue zone which allows visitors to learn about conservation.

The exhibition will welcome back Lulu, the giant green sea turtle, who has been a firm favourite at the attraction in the past. She will be the main focus of the themed zone.

Now 79-years-old, Lulu has just returned home, after spending seven years at SEA LIFE Brighton. 

About the new zone

Lulu is heading up the new interactive Turtle Rescue trail, which encourages guests of all ages to become experts in turtle care and conservation.

The new feature takes visitors on a real-life journey to discover what is involved in successfully rehabilitating a turtle. Pupils can receive a limited edition 'Turtle Rescue' pop badge after completing the trail and learning all about the turtle care package.

As well as learning how to save the endangered creatures, guests can also find out more about turtles from regular daily educational talks, included in the admission price, as well as during special behind-the-scenes tours and feeding experiences.

Matthew Titherington, general manager at SEA LIFE Blackpool commented: "The huge success of Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II series has spotlighted the importance of turtle conservation."

"We're delighted that Lulu is returning to Blackpool. She is an extremely popular and remarkable creature. I know guests will enjoy learning more about Lulu and turtle conservation and, for many older visitors, to be able to see her again and share the experience with children and grandchildren."

Scott Blacker, head aquarist at SEA LIFE Blackpool, commented: "Our new Turtle Rescue area will show conservation initiatives which are taking place around the world and how everyone can help to protect turtles and other marine life.  For example, by reducing their use of plastic, such as straws and cups.”

School visits are available and teachers can call 01253-629216 or e-mail schoolsblackpool@merlinentertainments.biz for more details.

For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com

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