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Spotlight On Schoona
The Sea Turtle

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A Harrowing Rescue

Schoona was found in the chilly waters near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, in 2005 by residents of a nearby community. By that time, she was suffering from cold shock and could barely lift her head. Find out more about her rescue and how she came to live at the Aquarium during this Spotlight on Schoona program or meet Schoona in person during an Animal Encounter.

Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle

About Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are the only turtle species that live in the open ocean and are specially adapted for a life at sea. Though they are built like tanks, all sea turtle species are listed as critically endangered, endangered or threatened in at least part of their natural ranges. Learn more about sea turtles, where they live, which sea turtle can even be regularly found off the coast of British Columbia and what you can do to help these threatened animals by joining us today. If you see a one off the coast of British Columbia, we would love to hear about it. Report your sighting at

To The Rescue

Schoona isn’t a marine mammal, but she was rehabilitated by the dedicated team of staff and volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. The primary goal of the Rescue Centre is to provide housing and care for ill, injured or abandoned marine mammals and to rehabilitate them for release back into their natural habitat. We’ve been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals for over forty years. In that time, the Rescue Centre has grown from admitting one or two animals in a season, to admitting over 100 in recent years.


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