One of the newest members to call Georgia Aquarium home is Tank, a green sea turtle that was rescued in the 1980s after a shark attack.
Tank has rebounded well from the attack and, after spending time at Georgia Aquarium’s partner facility, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, is currently weighing in at a robust 440 pounds.
Green sea turtles are listed as endangered on the U.S. Endangered Species Act and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature List. They are under threat due to dangers such as entanglement in fishing gear and harvesting of their eggs and adult turtles.
“The opportunity to put such a spectacular animal on display is rare,” said Nathan Farnau, associate curator of fish and invertebrates, Georgia Aquarium. “This is one of the most beautiful green sea turtles in human care anywhere in the country.”
Tank will spend his time in the Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot habitat, which has 6.3 million gallons of water. The Ocean Voyager habitat is home to whale sharks, manta rays, giant groupers, and thousands of other fish that aquarium guests can see thanks to one of the largest viewing windows in the world at 26 feet tall by 63 feet wide and 2 feet thick.
Georgia Aquarium hopes to not only wow guests with the natural beauty of Tank, but also to educate and inspire those who are interested in helping conserve these majestic creatures.
“I want Tank to make a big impression on the folks who come to Georgia Aquarium, but I also want them to learn all the different techniques they can use to help conserve sea turtles when they’re vacationing along the coast or living their daily lives,” Farnau said.