SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Turtle Conservation Program
Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release.
Did you know that Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's is the only place in New Zeland that rehabilitates rescued turtles? Discover how we work with these amazing creatures in the all-new Turtle Bay!
Of the 7 species of marine turtles, 5 can be found in New Zealand's waters, all of which are classed as endangered, with some being on the verge of extinction. Turtles are generally found in warmer tropical waters but can get washed into colder areas if they are weak from injury or sickness.
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's voluntarily started a Turtle Rehabilitation Program in 1995 where we treat sick or injured turtles found around New Zealand's waters. Green Turtles are the species most commonly brought to Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's, however, we have treated Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Loggerhead turtles as well.