Centre’s ‘turtle power’

SCARBOROUGH Sea Life Centre staff will be jetting off to Greece to help put the finishing touches to a new Turtle Rescue Centre.

Staff and visitors at Scarborough Sea Life Centre have dug deep for the worthy cause by raising more than £20,000 for the project

And as a reward for raising £11,000 in the last 12 months alone four lucky team members will be given the ultimate reward of seeing it through to completion in time for an official opening in Kakynthos later this month.

Senor aquarist Todd German and aquarist Andrew Jayes fly out tomorrow, and will be followed on May 22 by curator Lyndsey Crawford and aquarist Josh Saunders.

Lyndsey said: “This project is really close to our hearts as our Loggerhead turtle was rescued from Zakynthos but had to make a gruelling journey to Athens for treatment following a serious injury.

“Now, injured turtles can receive vital treatment and care without leaving the island.

“We really couldn’t be happier or more proud of our team and our visitors who have helped make this possible.”

The Turtle Rescue Centre is entirely dependant on donations and thanks to the support of Sea Life Centres across the UK - the new £200,000 facility is just a few weeks away from being ready to take casualties.

For thousands of years, Loggerhead turtles have returned to Zakynthos to breed and nest. As the island has become more popular as a tourist destination, this has threatened their ancient breeding ground and brought additional dangers causing injury to turtles by boat collisions, pollution and fishing gear.

The Sea Life Centre will be hosting Turtle Fest from 2nd June to 10th June this year to celebrate the launch of the new Turtle Rescue Centre.

Visitors will hear special turtle talks and get the opportunity to join in a range of turtle related fun events for all the family.