Where can rescued, endangered animals find their home if they are not releasable because of their prior injuries?
The Giant Ocean Tank at New England Aquarium is the most diverse ocean tank in the United States not only because of its 1700 fishes but also because of its four endangered, non-releasable sea turtles.
scene, it seems that the entire day revolves around the 4 feedings and 1
maintenance dive that occur between 9:30am and 3:30pm. Because of this intense schedule, the aquarium divers are constantly getting in and out of their wetsuit and scuba
In the kitchen at 8am each morning, 40-pounds of seafood is prepared for all the 4 feeding dives for the endangered sea turtles and fishes at the Giant Ocean Tank. One of the most tasty foods for sea turtles are the squid tacos, which consist of squid stuffed with shrimp along with needed vitamin pills.
Everyday 28,800 gallons of sea water are pumped in and out of Boston Harbor to be able to create a fresh Caribbean coral sea water profile with a temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the tank.
Water temperature and water quality measurements are also crucial and must be done by environmental scientists twice daily.
According to Sherrie Floyd, Supervisor of the Giant Ocean Tank, the key to their success are the 5 daily diving experiences by dedicated staff and volunteers along with their love and respect for endangered sea turtles and for each other.