Sea Turtle Open House

November 24, 2018

12:00–4:00 pm

NEAQ loggerhead release at Craigville Beach © Karen Strauss
© Karen Strauss

Free with admission or Mass Audubon membership

Drop in to learn more about sea turtles and why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the fall. What will this year’s stranding season be like? Join us on Saturday, November 24, to find out and get a behind-the-scenes look at our rescue efforts.

Highlights include:

  • A “behind-the-scenes” tour of our wet lab, where incoming turtles are processed
  • Touch tables of natural history items
  • Photo exhibit of our sea turtle rescue program
  • Craft table for kids

Wellfleet Bay staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Baked goods and drinks will be sold to support our rescue efforts. And if the winds are right, you may have the opportunity to witness live sea turtles as they are being brought into our sanctuary for the start of their rehabilitation! 

Special Programs

10:30 am-12:30 pm — Sea Turtle Patrol

Search for cold-stunned sea turtles on Cape Cod Bay beaches with a Wellfleet Bay naturalist. Pre-registration required; suitable for adults and children age 6 & older. 

$10/Member • $12/Nonmember 

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12:30-1 pm — Rescuing Sea Turtles (Free)

Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott will share his experiences rescuing sea turtles on Cape Cod for over thirty years. Learn about sea turtle biology, stranding theories, and how to help with the rescue efforts.

1:30-2 pm — Creature Feature: Turtles of Cape Cod (Free)

Meet the shelled creatures of the sanctuary and learn about the fascinating lives of turtles. Everyone will have a chance to touch critters and special artifacts. This program is geared toward families.

2:30-3 pm — Ecology of Sea Turtles in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Free)

Join Coonamessett Farm Foundation (CFF) Sea Turtle Biologist Samir Patel for a look at CFF’s sea turtle research efforts. This presentation will feature underwater footage from camera tags deployed on leatherbacks and from remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations of loggerheads.

3:30-4:30 pm — Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction Screening & Meet the Filmmakers

This two-time award-winning documentary film highlights the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sea turtles that washed up “cold-stunned” on the beaches of Cape Cod Bay in the fall of 2014. After the film, join filmmakers Michele Gomes and Jenny Ting for a Q&A session and get the inside scoop on the making of the film! Pre-registration required; all ages welcome, but recommended for children age 8 & older. 

$5/Member • $7/Nonmember

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