Charlie is our our largest female rescue turtle. She’s easily identified, as she has two circular weights attached to the back of her carapace. Like Greta and Valor, Charlie also has a condition called “bubble butt”, which means she has air trapped inside her shell. Charlie was struck by a boat, which caused trauma to her spinal chord and caused her back flippers to become paralyzed. Thankfully, she was found nursed back to health by a Florida rescue facility. It was here that her weights were attached and she re-learned how to dive and swim like a normal turtle. We believe Charlie is an incredible ambassador for her species, and count ourselves lucky to have her as part of the OdySea Aquarium family.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium: TURTLE CONSERVATION
The South Carolina Aquarium's marquee Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery exhibit is moving toward its public opening Memorial Day weekend, complete with iPad stations featuring life-size replicas of the four species found in South Carolina where visitors can perform their own virtual diagnoses.
Protecting Sea Turtles - Key West Aquarium
Veterinarian assistant Whitney Daniels treats a mud turtle that was crushed by a car in the new animal hospital area at the South Carolina Aquarium Monday, May 15, 2017, in Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff
Sea Turtles ~ Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
The turtles get critical care at larger aquariums or facilities dedicated to turtle conservation. The WHSA provides follow-up care for turtles that need time to recover from their stranding. We usually release our turtles in August, nine months after they strand. The WHSA does not keep turtles for display. *Note: Buying pre-formed ponds is a great way to save a lot of money. This one we listed is 86 gallons of water! That’s pretty large which is great for a couple of turtles. These are cheaper than fish aquariums. The only downside is finding a spot for the pond liner.Most people keep their pet turtles in aquariums but that doesn’t mean you have to. Anything that holds a lot of water will work. Large tubs, plastic pond liners, and anything you can think of. Aquariums are the most popular because you can watch your pet turtles through the tank inside your house and they are easy to buy and setup.Turtles need enough room to grow so make sure your tank is large enough. A lot of freshwater species of turtles can grow to 12″ long. The 20 and 30 gallon aquarium sizes are going to be a bare minimum of what you can use for housing turtles. We get a lot of emails asking if 5 gallon aquariums work for turtles. The answer is a NO because they are too small.