Sea Turtle Open House

November 30, 2019
NEAQ loggerhead release at Craigville Beach © Karen Strauss
© Karen Strauss

FREE with sanctuary admission

What will this year's sea turtle stranding season be like? Drop in on Saturday, November 30 (12:00–4:00 pm), to learn more about sea turtles, find out why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in the fall, and get a behind-the-scenes look at our rescue efforts.

Enjoy an afternoon of sea turtle-inspired activities, including an inflatable life-sized Leatherback. Learn to identify the different sea turtle species that can be found in southern New England waters; create an origami ocean sun fish, and meet area sea turtle scientists who will tell you about their research.

Other 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

12:30-1 pm — Studying Sea Turtles Through Videography

Samir Patel, Senior Research Biologist at the Coonamessett Farm Foundation, will share some of what scientists have learned through CFF's sea turtle research projects. Get a rare glimpse at underwater footage from camera tags deployed on leatherbacks and from remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations of loggerheads.

1:00 pm — Sea Turtle Patrol

Join a naturalist at a local beach to search for sea turtles and learn what to do should you ever find one.

1:30-2 pm — Creature Feature

Meet the some live pond turtles and learn about the fascinating lives of these shelled creatures.

2:30-3 pm — Disentangling Sea Turtles

Scott Landry, Director of Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) at the Center for Coastal Studies, will share what data is gathered from disentanglements and how that science-based information guides conservation efforts.

3:30-4:30 pm — Screening of Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction

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.