Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Flatback Sea Turtles at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium help raise awareness of endangered marine life

Flatback Sea Turtles at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium help raise awareness of endangered marine life
March 16, 2019

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium has introduced Thorpey and Moana, two Flatback Sea Turtles into the aquarium’s turtle rescue zone where they are acting as ambassadors raising awareness of the countless threats facing this magnificent but endangered marine species.

Thorpey was given his name for his speedy swimming while Moana translates to ‘ocean’ in Maori.  Both turtles are enjoying their new home, which also educates guests on the plight of these animals in the wild, the different species of sea turtles and the biggest threats to each species. 

Thorpey and Moana were rescued from Curtis Island in Queensland and have become part of an important research project to help understand the behaviour of sea turtles. The turtles, both of whom are unfortunately unfit for release to the wild due to health reasons, have been waiting patiently behind the scenes to make their grand entrance on display at SEA LIFE Melbourne.

“Thorpey and Moana are an excellent reminder of the innumerable dangers sea turtles face in the wild. Nearly all species of sea turtle are currently classified as threatened or endangered due to plastic pollution, by-catch and coastal development,” said Sarah-Jane Tilbury, General Manager at SEA LIFE Melbourne.

“Thorpey and Moana are educating SEA LIFE Melbourne visitors about the actions they can take to help protect sea turtles, such as trying to avoid single-use plastics and helping clear rubbish from our beaches,” continued Tilbury.

SEA LIFE Melbourne and the independent non-profit SEA LIFE Trust are committed to marine conservation and conduct many innovative initiatives to help protect threatened and endangered aquatic species.

Together SEA LIFE Melbourne and SEA LIFE Trust run a rescue, rehabilitation and release program, which has successfully rehabilitated 14 sea turtles. SEA LIFE Trust is also working on a sea turtle conservation project in Timor Leste, where the team is monitoring and protecting turtle nests from egg poaching.

With the debut of Thorpey and Moana, SEA LIFE Melbourne is now home to five turtle species including pig-nosed turtles, Murray River turtles, Mary River and Eastern Long Neck.

Related Articles

21st January 2019 - SEA LIFE Trust partners with Cargolux to transport Beluga Whales to Icelandic sanctuary

23rd October 2018 - Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s wins Environmental Excellence Award

2nd June 2018 - Sea Life Sydney Aquarium awarded for offering best large animal exhibit

17th March 2018 - Fishermen fined $17,000 for taking endangered turtles and dugong from Queensland marine park

10th August 2017 - Infant Sea Turtles settle in at SEA LIFE Melbourne

26th February 2017 - NSW shark nets kill endangered dolphins and turtles

23rd May 2016 - Marine attractions highlight conservation efforts on World Turtle Day

1st February 2016 - Guests help gather Turtle Data at Ramada Eco Beach Resort

1st November 2015 - Port Hedland turns off lights for turtle season

29th October 2014 - Bundaberg region to promote turtle tourism


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology

 
 

IEDM

iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

THE FITNESS GENERATION

The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business