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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 our Sea Turtle program on your next visit. 

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, including 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 www.wildwhales.org.

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. Our experience, especially with Schoona came in handy when another green sea turtle named "Comber" was found in January of 2016 and treated successfully.


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