Sea Life Michigan welcomes rescued turtle Carr

The 85-lb green sea turtle was injured by a boat in Florida. Now recovered, he’ll spend his days swimming in Auburn Hills

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

The sharks, stingrays and jellyfish at Sea Life Michigan have a new neighbor in their 120,000-gallon tank.

Carr, an 85-pound green sea turtle, arrived last week at the Auburn Hills aquarium in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. An endangered species, Carr was severely injured in a boat collision in Florida that damaged his shell and caused floatation issues.

Boca Raton’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center nursed him back to top-swimming health, and Carr recently made the journey to the Great Lakes State accompanied by aquarist teams.

Among the 250 species in the Ocean Tank, Carr will join Benson, a 28-pound sea turtle who was also struck by a boat. The reptile was rescued at Anastasia State Park in Florida and came to Sea Life Michigan last year.

“At Sea Life, we are dedicated to conservation and protecting wildlife,” Sea Life Michigan curator Kelli Cadenas said in a statement. “We are so happy to welcome Carr and provide him with a safe and happy home with expert care.”

Carr is deemed “non-releasable,” which means he would not be able to survive in the wild.

According to Sea Turtle Conservancy, sea turtles face threats from commercial fishing, pollution and illegal hunting. Plastic bags are also deadly because turtles mistake them for jellyfish — a food source — and choke on the bags. Less than 10,000 of the turtle hatchlings born each year survive to adulthood.

“We hope visiting Carr will enable our visitors to learn more about protection and conservation efforts of endangered animals worldwide and inspire them to take an active role in eliminating human threats,” Cadenas said.

Coinciding with the aquarium’s two-year anniversary, guests can see Carr splash in the tank for the first time 10 a.m. Tuesday.

General admission tickets are $23.50 for adults over 13 and $18.50 for children 3-12. Kids under 3 get in free. (Tickets booked online are $5 cheaper.) The aquarium is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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