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Due to public health concerns, the World Sea Turtle Day Celebration has been canceled. The Museum will continue to monitor the evolving situation and keep the public updated regarding future events. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day and step into the flippers of a loggerhead turtle with Project S.H.E.L.L.! This FREE virtual reality simulation allows guests to immerse themselves in the daily life of a loggerhead as it hatches and grows to become a nesting adult.

During this 10-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!

While the event activities are FREE, there is an admission charge for the Amazing Pollinators and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits.


Name: Catherine Carey, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2064



Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000


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