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SEA LIFE Michigan Welcomes New Sea Turtle, Carr

My kids love visiting SEA LIFE Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. It’s not far from home but it truly feels like we are millions of miles away when gazing in to the ocean tanks. When we heard they would be welcoming a new sea turtle we were so excited to go see him. Carr, the newest animal at SEA LIFE Michigan came with his own story.

Sea Life Michigan's New Sea Turtle

Sadly, Carr was injured in a boat collision that resulted in a deformed carapace and continuous flotation issues. He was nursed to health by the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida. Carr made the journey to Michigan  accompanied by a team of aquarists from SEA LIFE Michigan and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Although he is healthy and doing well, he is non-releasable. That means he will never be able to survive in the wild. Sea Life Michigan is giving him an amazing new world to live in!

Sea Life Michigan Sea Turtle

The kids were so excited to see Carr! I think they could have watched him for hours (just like their mama!).

Sea Turtle Carr

It was so nice watching Carr interact with the other sea turtle at SEA LIFE Michigan. Their immediate bond was notable. They swam together, swam after each other, swam in circles…it was beautiful.


My Addy was the one who fell most in love with Carr. The kids each got a sea turtle stuffed animal that day and she’s slept with hers and played with it every day since we left. Oh, and his name is Carr. 🙂

Did you know that sea turtles are an endangered species? According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy only 1,000-­10,000 of the turtle hatchlings born each year will survive to adulthood. They face natural threats from predators, as well as  threats from humans, such as commercial fishing, pollution, beach erosion and illegal hunting. It’s truly amazing to watch Carr in his new environment, but also incredibly sad to think about what happened to him or what could have happened as a result of his accident. Education is truly invaluable when it comes to these creatures. Visit SEA LIFE Michigan to learn more and for a truly amazing underwater experience!

Have you been to SEA LIFE to meet Carr yet? If not, what are you waiting for?



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