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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 navigates the ocean in search of food.

During the activity, participants will have roughly six minutes to find food from the perspective of a turtle. They must avoid hazards like plastic debris and boat strikes while “swimming” in virtual waters and resurfacing for oxygen on occasion. The experience ends if the user either takes on too much virtual damage or time runs out on the clock. Contenders can compete against other users for the highest score!

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Project S.H.E.L.L. (Simulating Habitat Experiences of Living Loggerheads) was created by the Media Effects and Training Lab at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and is an immersive virtual reality experience meant to educate and inform the public about various threats facing Florida’s loggerhead turtles. It is funded by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program (STGP) and was made possible with assistance from the After School Film Institute in partnership with Yellow Wood Immersive Media.

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.


While the event activities are FREE, there is an admission charge for the Butterfly Rainforest and Crocs exhibits. This event is open to the public.



Name: Catherine Carey, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2064

Email: ccarey@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

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Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

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