Waikiki Aquarium launches sea turtle exhibit

Courtesy: Kelsey Ige/Waikiki Aquarium

The Waikiki Aquarium is hosting six threatened Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings as part of a special exhibit and conservation program.

The honu, on loan from Sea Life Park where they were born in captivity, will be on display for approximately one year until they are large enough to be released into the ocean.

“Sea turtle hatchlings spend their first years in the open ocean, and they will be able to mimic this behavior in a spacious environment here at the Aquarium while protected from predators and disease,” Waikiki Aquarium Director Andrew Rossiter said. “The exhibit underscores our mission to educate the public on marine conservation, and will raise awareness for this threatened species that is important within Native Hawaiian culture and much loved by people everywhere.”

The 1,000-gallon exhibit will provide Aquarium and University of Hawaii marine biologists numerous research opportunities and a rare chance for residents and visitors to view honu at an early stage of their life.

For more information, call (808) 923-9471 or visit this website.

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