Did you have an amazing encounter with a turtle in the wild? Do you take actions to help sea turtles—like use a reusable water bottle so that disposable plastics won't end up in the ocean? We want to hear about it!
Join the turtle rescue team. Tell us about your turtle rescue success stories. Here's how:
- Head to your favorite social media platform and post a picture of your rescue.
- In your caption, tell us about your rescue and include the hashtag phrase #TurtleRescueTeam.
- That's it!
Maybe your entries will look something like these:
We watched out for a snapper for a long time last week as she made her way across the field. She was about 1.5 feet long!
We kept dogs and kids away so the turtle could safely pass to her destination. #TurtleRescueTeam
|I volunteer with Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay to walk beaches on Cape Cod in the fall to |
search for stranded sea turtles. #TurtleRescueTeam
|This tortoise in Copley Square is surely on the #TurtleRescueTeam! | Photo by wallyg via flickr|
Stories of turtle rescue, like these, are inspiration for our whole community of rescuers. We are eager to see how you're helping turtles and we want to share it with our followers. Some of your stories might end up in a slide show here on our blogs. Some families might end up being profiled on our website, just like Abby who helped raise money for sea turtles by selling bracelets!
Wondering how you can help turtles? Here are some handy tips from our top turtle expert, Dr. Charles Innis, head veterinarian at the Aquarium:
- If you see a turtle on a quiet road, stop and let it cross—but only if it’s safe for you! Turtles move about to find mates and lay eggs. Our roads interrupt those journeys.
- Gently move the turtle to the side of the road by holding the sides of its shell near the tail. Be careful, some turtles can bite! Be sure to wash your hands afterward.
- Never transport turtles to a different habitat or distant locations. You could be spreading disease and removing a breeding adult from its population.
- Do not release pet turtles into the wild. They also carry disease and non-native species can out-compete our local species. Call your local pet shop if you need help.
- Advocate for habitat protection. Turtles live a long time and often return to the same places to breed and lay eggs. Protecting their swamps mean many more generations of turtles can thrive.
Need more turtle to start your summer? Of course you do! Plan a visit to the Aquarium to explore our new exhibit. You'll also learn how communities are coming together to protect turtle habitats and get a glimpse at some of our greatest turtle rescue success stories.