The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham has launched a search to find a passionate youngster to become the Midlands’ official ‘Sea Turtle Champion’.
The SEA LIFE Trust is making Sea Turtle conservation its priority campaign for 2017, and the SEA LIFE aquariums want to help by recruiting young ambassadors to lead a global awareness drive.
“They will help win support for efforts to reduce the plastic pollution that proves so hazardous to sea turtles and to highlight measures to reduce bycatch and protect nests.” said Sarah Fletcher, Senior Aquarist at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham.
Whichever young marine life enthusiast is chosen to represent The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham will later have a chance of becoming the ‘National’ champion and will get the chance to see sea turtle protection work in the wild.
The lucky winner may even get to be International Sea Turtle Champion, and become the face and voice of campaigning by the Trust and around 50 supporting Sea Life centres across the world.
“All seven species of sea turtles are endangered,” said the head of the Sea Life Trust Andy Bool.
“There are many vital conservation and protection programmes underway worldwide but like all such efforts they can only succeed if there is widespread public support for them.
“That’s where our Champions come in. They can help direct greater public attention towards all these projects, including the Trust’s own endeavours, and help make this year a real turning point in the fortunes of these magnificent and iconic sea creatures.”
‘Sea Turtle Champion’ competition
The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham wants young sea life fans aged between 11 and 14 to send in their own ‘sea turtle stories.’
Entries can be either a factual account of events involving a real-life sea turtle that they have researched for themselves, or a fictional story using factual details about the particular biology and lifecycle of whichever species is their subject.
Stories must be no more than 1,000 words, illustrated if possible, and can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is Tuesday, February 28th and the winner will be announced by Friday, March 31st.
“The first assignment for our Champion will be to work with a member of our entertainments team to put together an educational video about the plight of sea turtles,” continued Sarah Fletcher. “The video will also tell the story of our rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, Molokai, who was has been successfully rehomed at the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham.”
“The film will appear on our website and Facebook pages and will be judged along with similar films from other regions to find the National Sea Turtle Champion.”