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Turtles have been around for over 200 million years, and need to avoid extinction, and have their future secured in the wild, through conservation, to ensure these superb sages of the sea species survive.

World Turtle Day cover banner header Sea Turtle swimming underwater photo by Algy O’Connell2021 WORLD TURTLE DAY : May 23rd

The 21st Anniversary of World Turtle Day 2000 ~ 2021

World Turtle Day encourages people to discover the world of turtles and tortoises. This annual day helps increase the knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, so human action can help them survive and thrive.

World Turtle Day : a day worth #shellabrating (Nat Geo Wild)

World Turtle Day May 23rd American Tortoise Rescue turtles art illustrations

World Turtle Day inspires people to help save turtles, and get involved in turtle research. Schools organize craft projects, and encourage teaching about turtles in the classrooms. Some people like to dress up as turtles on this day. This event has been sponsored yearly since the 23rd day of May in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue ~  

World Turtle Day 2015 in Queensland : The turtles are celebrated each year on the 23rd of May, a day that aims to bring more attention to the majesty and plight of turtles around the world and coincides with the beginning of the breeding season for turtles in the northern hemisphere.  See  six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the forefront of turtle ecotourism, at Mon Repos, Lady Elliot and Heron Islands, where tourists are privileged to view the ancient mariners dragging themselves up the beach to nest, followed by the scurry of hundreds of hatchlings in to the ocean under the moonlight…

Sea Turtle swimming underwater flippers Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium Turtles Nebraska USA photo by Algy O’Connell
Sea Turtle photo by Algy O’Connell


Molokai the turtle helps celebrate 2015 World Turtle Day at the National Sea Life Centre : The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham invites visitors to learn about Molokai the turtle as part of celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of World Turtle Day on Saturday the 23rd May. The event promotes the conservation of turtles in the wild to ensure the species, which has been around for over 200 million years, can avoid extinction and secure its future. Molokai who arrived at the centre in unusual circumstances, will be at the heart of talks for Ancient Oceans week from the 23rd to the 31st May 2015, for an insight into the evolution of sea creatures from the dinosaur ages to this day. See Molokai’s interesting back-story, and how we can help turtles.

World Turtle Day @ Texas State Aquarium : The aquarist gives some of the green sea turtles some food enrichment that helps bring out their natural behavior… 

This World Turtle Day Stop Turtles with WildScan (Freeland Foundation) The global illicit trade in endangered species is ravaging the world’s biodiversity. One of the major challenges associated with enforcing current wildlife trafficking laws is correctly identifying endangered species, such as endangered Turtles….

Mabul World Turtle Day featuring Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh : The first major Turtle Day awareness event was organized in Malaysia on the 23rd May 2013. The awareness activities and scuba diving lessons for school children gave volunteers the opportunity to become a research assistant for a day, helping with the catching, measuring and tagging of Turtles. The research project is led by Dr. Pushpa M. Palaniappan of Borneo Marine Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Movie actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh offered her support during the turtle tagging session… 


Official websiteAmerican Tortoise Rescue ~


Huffington Post : World Turtle Day: Time To Celebrate, Raise Awareness About Shelled Reptiles (by Vetstreets’s Lisa Granshaw 23 May 2015) “Turtles are not as popular as cats and dogs, so interest, awareness and understanding is pretty slim,” says Susan Tellem, cofounder of American Tortoise Rescue. World Turtle Day was started 13 years ago by the ATR, who have rescued and rehomed over 3,000 turtles since Tellem and her husband founded the organization in 1990… read more

Daily TelegraphTime to dress up as the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby celebrates World Turtle Day (23 May 2015) We all know the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and we’ve grown up being entertained by other shelled wonders called Yertle, Touche, Tooter and Aford. Talk about turtle love… read more

Toronto SunWorld Turtle Day focused on awareness and conservation (by Antonella Artuso 22 May 2015) May 23 is designated as World Turtle Day to draw attention to the plight of turtles and tortoises. In Ontario, as in much of the world, turtles are at risk of disappearing… read more

The GuardianGreat Barrier Reef under the spotlight for world turtle day (22 May 2015) Doctor Col Limpus of the threatened species unit at the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection says promoting the day is important in the bid to protect the animals… read more


Sea Turtles 101 (National Geographic verified YouTube channel video)
Do Tortoises Like Being Touched? (Smithsonian Channel verified YouTube video)
Turtles Love Popsicles! (The Fish Wisperer verified YouTube channel video)
Whats The Similarities and Differences Between a Turtle and a Tortoise – Learning Video (Thera Planet YouTube channel video)

What is the difference between turtles, terrapins, and tortoises?


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