31 May 2024

Critter of the Week

From the collecton Critter of the Week

International World Turtle Day was celebrated recently, a day to shellerbrate the magnificent turtles of the world and call attention to the many threats they face in our oceans. Turtles are threatened by plastic and chemical pollution in our oceans and human activity on land and water. You might not think we have turtles in Aotearoa, but five species frequent our waters. The honu, or leatherback sea turtle, is found worldwide and has been spotted as far south as Rakiura Stewart Island. Leatherbacks are impressive creatures, growing up to 2.7 m long and weighing about 500 kg.

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