The Turtle and the Stingray Pools
The Sea Turtle is a large and impressive creature belonging to the marine crawler family. The Turtle Pool has two species of sea turtles: the “Green Sea Turtle” and the “Horned Sea Turtle”.
The Pool built for the turtles in the Underwater Observatory Park is divided in two. In one part there are adult turtles, and this part contains mostly females. In the center of the pool a sand island was built on which the turtles lay their eggs from which, when the time is right, the tiny turtles emerge.
Green Sea Turtle - these are larger turtles with round heads. They are vegetarian. In nature they eat algae and seaweed, and in the Underwater Observatory Park they eat lettuce.
Lettuce has nutritional value similar to that of algae and since not too much seaweed has remained in the sea, this is a perfect substitute.
The Green Sea Turtles can reach a weight of 300kg!!! They have a life expectancy of 250 years and more.
Horned Turtle - these are smaller turtles with pointed heads. The Horned Turtles are carnivores in nature and feed on soft coral, sponges, jelly fish and here at the Underwater Observatory Park, they feed on different kinds of invertebrates, cuttlefish and other fish such as: sardines, tuna and cod.
The Horned Turtles can reach an average weight of 100kg, and have a life expectancy of 80 - 90 years.
Stingrays remind us somewhat of a flying carpet with a long tail.
They are to be found on the sea bed as their mouths are located on the underside of their body and they suck up their food from the sea bed.
Stingrays belong to the cartilaginous group of fish, which means that they have no bones in their body. They appear to be cute and harmless, but can actually be very dangerous.
Their tail serves as a type of whip, and at the base of their tail they have between 1 - 4 toxic stingers. Each stinger can paralyze even a shark. These creatures are not aggressive but if they sense danger or threat they will do everything necessary to protect themselves and to survive in nature.
The Turtles and Stingrays are fed every day at 12:30.