A BRAND new turtle sanctuary experience opened to the public showcasing the needs for this endangered animal.
The interactive feature at the SeaLife Centre in Blackpool was opened with a VIP green carpet welcome for the animals.
The new experience will be a permanent sanctuary for turtles who have outgrown their former homes and a breeding station for rare and endangered species.
The new facility will also become home for some of the large number of turtles that are illegally imported and confiscated by customs officials every year.
Species on display include the Fly River or pig-nosed turtle from Australia; common snapping turtles and alligator snapping turtles from the US; False Map turtles from the Mississippi River; red eared and yellow-bellied terrapins and Asian soft-shell turtles.