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Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day at the Museum with the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research! Learn about Florida sea turtles and what we can do to protect them with hands-on specimens and a scavenger hunt. Step into the flippers of a loggerhead turtle with Project S.H.E.L.L., a virtual reality simulation that allows guests to immerse themselves in the daily life of a loggerhead as it hatches and grows to become a nesting adult.
During this free 15-minute activity, participants assume the perspective of a newly hatched baby turtle with the goal of finding the ocean while avoiding hazards like light pollution. Upon reaching the water, users will fast-forward to become full-grown adults returning to the beach to nest.
Participants will swim through the virtual waters, avoiding hazards like boat strikes and marine debris, in an effort to return to shore. Once on the sand, they will have limited time to find a suitable nest for laying eggs before it is too late! Contenders can compete against other users for the highest score.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to speak with researchers from the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida about sea turtle conservation and careers in marine biology. Take part in a sea turtle scavenger hunt among the museum’s exhibits and check out sea turtle specimens and interactive educational materials.
The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at www.helpingseaturtles.org.
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