Rescued sea turtles find home in S.E.A Aquarium

Two rescued, and rare, sea turtles have been rehabilitated at S.E.A. Aquarium, Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa. 

After more than a year undergoing routine health checks, husbandry assessments and rehabilitation behind the scenes at the aquarium, the two threatened species finally made their official debut at the Shipwreck Habitat this morning (May 23), in celebration of World Turtle Day.

  • 2 rescued, and rare, sea turtles have made their official debut at the Shipwreck Habitat at S.E.A. Aquarium, Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa.
  • One of them is Hawke who arrived at the aquarium as a critically endangered male hawksbill turtle. He was believed to be abandoned by his owner who had kept him illegally as a pet.
  • Estimated to be between five to eight months old when he arrived, Hawke had developed a pyramided carapace - a shell deformity likely attributed to poor nutrition and care.
  • After much care by the aquarists and the animal health team, Hawke now weighs a healthy 17kg
  • The other is Louie, a green sea turtle who arrived as a 20g week-old hatchling and was listed as "Endangered" in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Louie has grown to almost 12kg and is now in top-swimming health.
  • Aquarists and the animal health team spared no effort in caring for the two young turtles. They have been feeding the turtles species-specific diets, monitoring their growth, measuring their body weights monthly and observing their behaviour with other fishes in their temporary homes.
  • Both turtles were gradually moved from separate, smaller homes at back-of-house areas to larger habitats where they could be slowly introduced to other species.
  • Aquarists continue to build a bond with the turtles through a series of training which includes operant conditioning and positive reinforcement.
  • Such training allows aquarists and vets to conduct veterinary and physical checks easily on the turtles to monitor their progress.