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Published at 10:49am 23rd May 2019.

The newly-renovated 'Turtle Sanctuary' at Weymouth's Sea Life Adventure Park has been opened just in time for 'World Turtle Day.' 

The park first opened its sanctuary in 2006 after the arrival of six Green Sea Turtles. They were rehomed from a sanctuary in the Caiman Island, as they were unable to be released back into the wild.

Kico Iraola, Curator at Weymouth Sea Life said: "Many owners underestimate the size they (the turtles) can grow to, the specialist care they require and their long lifespans, resulting in the creatures being abandoned."

Kico says certain species are controlled by the Invasive Alien Species Regulation as they are not native to the UK and would do harm to local wildlife. Because of this, they cannot be legally bought, sold, given away, or released into the wild, and so must live their natural lives under their current ownership at the sanctuary.

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There are currently 23 terrapins at home in the park, some of which are kept in specialist facilities behind the scenes at the aquarium in Weymouth.

The Turtle Sanctuary renovation includes three new ponds within two large enclosures, as well as a Conservation Zone with five large interactive games to play, raising awareness of plastic pollution and seal rescues in the UK.

 

 

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