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December 19, 2005

Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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Santa To Visit Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Santa Claus will visit with children in the lobby of the Woods Hole Science Aquarium December 23 (Friday) from 2-3:30 p.m. Santa has also agreed to conduct the afternoon feeding for LuSeal, the aquarium’s resident harbor seal, at 4PM.

The aquarium is open weekdays from 11-4. The aquarium will be closed December 26 and January 2. Admission is free.

The aquarium collection includes approximately 140 species of marine animals. This month the collection features three endangered Kemp’s ridley turtles that stranded on Cape Cod beaches in late October and early November. The turtles are juveniles, weighing from 4-7 pounds. The aquarium staff is treating the turtles for skin lesions, flipper infections, and shell lesions. The turtles are expected to recover in time for release to the wild next summer when local waters are at their warmest.

Aquarium visitors can see the turtles in the upstairs display area, near the touch tanks.

NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources and their habitats through scientific research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public.

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