Published in Nature on 26 March 2017

Marine Turtle – Vivid Sydney

Beyond the Wharf has teamed up with Vivid Sydney to help celebrate Taronga Zoo’s centenary. This year for Vivid, you’ll find eight zoo animals depicted in LED lights: 8 critical species that the zoo has dedicated to conserve.

One of the species depicted is the Marine Turtle.

Six out of seven of the world’s Marine Turtle species live in Australian waters, playing a vital role in maintaining the health of our precious oceans. Marine Turtles – who love to eat jellyfish – mistake rubbish like plastic bags, balloons and bottle tops for food, often with fatal consequences. This has led to a dramatic reduction in turtle numbers. Without our help, turtles are in trouble.

 

For Marine Turtles, for the next 10 years

Taronga is committed to keeping our oceans plastic free, by working with the NSW government to reduce the impact of plastics in our oceans, and by encouraging our community to choose reusable shopping bags.

Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital will continue to treat and rehabilitate injured Marine Turtles and commit to scientific research, tracking and monitoring them after they’re released through our satellite tracking program.

Click here to see the seven other species lit up around your harbour this Vivid Sydney.