Location: Simons Theatre

Aquarium Lecture Series

Film Screening: Saving Sea Turtles

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction, a documentary film by filmmakers Michele Gomes and Jennifer Ting, followed by question-and-answer session with Dr. Charles Innis, Director of Animal Health, New England Aquarium, and Dr. Leigh Clayton, Vice President of Animal Care, New England Aquarium.

For more than 25 years, the New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary have worked together to rescue, rehabilitate, and release thousands of sea turtles–mostly Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the world’s most endangered sea turtle–when they strand on Cape Cod due to hypothermia each autumn.

Over the last decade, the number of stranded turtles has steadily increased, but the late autumn of 2014 saw an unprecedented event as more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles washed ashore. This massive wildlife emergency marshaled an inspiring response within and beyond Massachusetts that reached from individuals to the federal government, involving more than 10 states and 21 institutions. It even showcases “the largest airlift of an endangered species probably anywhere in the United States, quite possibly the world.”

Narrated by renowned scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction tells the story of the world’s rarest sea turtle, the Kemp’s ridley, and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and are now slowly helping it to recover. From the beaches of Massachusetts to Mexico, Texas, and Georgia, this film highlights the collaborative work that is being done to save a species from going extinct.