ATLANTA (September 25, 2015) - Georgia Aquarium welcomed back a green sea turtle named “Tank” early last week. Tank has been with Georgia Aquarium for a number of years and was at Georgia Aquarium’s partner facility, Marineland Dolphin Adventure prior to his move this past Tuesday.
Tank was rescued in the 1990s following a shark bite and was subsequently rehabilitated to the robust 440 pounds he is today. He is currently off-exhibit as he acclimates to his new home and will be introduced to the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager Built by Home Depot habitat in the coming months.
“We are so proud to bring Tank home and he will be a great educational and entertaining addition to our Ocean Voyager exhibit, where guests can make a personal connection with him,” said Dr. Tonya Clauss, director of animal health. “Georgia Aquarium is a leading facility in aquatic animal conservation and research, and that will continue through our collaborative sea turtle efforts here in house and in the field.”
Georgia Aquarium has been involved in rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction of sea turtles since opening in 2005 by providing habitats for straggler hatchling turtles prior to their release into the ocean. Georgia Aquarium has also actively participated in the rehabilitation of adult loggerhead turtles off the coast of North Carolina in 2010, and supports the rehabilitation and research endeavors through The Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, Ga.
Green sea turtles are currently listed as endangered under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act and face a variety of dangers every day, including entanglement in fishing gear and harvesting of their eggs and adult turtles. As Tank joins the other aquatic life in Ocean Voyager, we hope guests will be inspired to help conserve our worlds’ oceans and protect this majestic species.
To stay up-to-date on when Tank will join the whale sharks, manta rays, and other aquatic life in Ocean Voyager for public viewing, visit georgiaaquarium.org. Photos of Tank can be found here.
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ABOUT GREEN SEA TURTLES
Adult green sea turtles can weigh in excess of 400 pounds and are herbivores, making them unique among sea turtles. This diet of only sea plants and algae is thought to give them their greenish color. They live near coastlines, around islands and bays in tropical and subtropical waters; particularly in areas with seagrass beds. They are currently listed as Endangered on the U.S. Endangered Species Act and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature List. They are under threat due to the over harvesting of their eggs and adult turtles and incidental capture in fishing gear.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals in North America. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.