SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium to Receive Missouri’s First Endangered Sea Turtle

Elizabeth Mathews 816-753-6222

Kansas City, Missouri (February 6, 2013) – SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium announced today the upcoming arrival of Missouri’s first sea turtle, Gertrude. Gertrude will arrive at the Kansas City International Airport as a passenger on Southwest Airlines on Monday, February 11th, 2013.

Gertrude, an endangered green sea turtle, is flying from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium ( in Clearwater, Florida. Gertrude was rescued in September 2011 when her two front flippers were found tangled in fishing line causing them to fracture. While the sea turtle rescue center tried to save both flippers, one had to be amputated and the other had to be fused. Gertrude is healed but due to her injuries she has no power stroke for speed to flee predators, and cannot be returned to the ocean. Authorized by USFWS and the State of Florida, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is ready to give a home to Gertrude the sea turtle.

“We are very excited to bring Gertrude to Kansas City,” says Mendy Rose, Marketing Manager of SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium. “We know the residents of Kansas City will fall in love with Gertrude and make her feel at home as our newest exhibit at SEA LIFE in Crown Center.”

Once Gertrude arrives at SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium after her flight on Monday, she will need to stay in quarantine for a few days before being released for public viewing.

About SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium opened in April 6th, 2012. SEA LIFE Kansas City takes visitors on an enthralling two hour journey from the fresh waters of the Missouri River, into the mighty Mississippi River then out into the warm blue coral strewn waters of the Caribbean Sea, ending in the deep dark abyss of the Atlantic Ocean. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. In addition, a stunning centerpiece is a huge tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel. To get any closer you’d have to get wet!

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