In recognition of California Leatherback Day, NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Oceana invite the public to a celebration of the endangered Leatherback turtles at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz.
The event will feature Leatherback turtle artifacts, 20-minute talks by Leatherback turtle scientists, award-winning Leatherback short films by Dutton Media Productions, and a demonstration of augmented reality of marine animals. Families will be invited to participate in Leatherback art activities, such as DIY Leatherback wood-block printing, creating turtles and jellies from recycled materials, mini painting workshop, and will be able to dress up in a Leatherback turtle costume!
The passage of the California Marine Reptile Bill in 2012 designated Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day on October 15 and prioritized conservation for this critically endangered sea turtle species. The public is invited to build a better understanding of the California State Marine Reptile and one of NOAA’s “Species in the Spotlight.”