Children's Aquarium at Fair Park News

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park News


Blue-eyed sea turtle “MJ” joins Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
Aug 26, 2013

The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park on Tuesday will introduce MJ, a rare, blue-eyed loggerhead sea turtle who’s been a star in South Texas for years, to the public tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. (www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com)

The Aquarium is located at 1462 1st Ave. in Dallas, near the Texas Star Ferris wheel.

“We’re very excited to welcome MJ the loggerhead turtle, an endangered species,” said Stephen Walker, general manager of the Children’s Aquarium. “I know our guests will love seeing MJ whenever they visit, and I suspect she’ll quickly become a favorite.”

MJ, who’s quite feisty and loves to swim over to visitors, will make her home alongside zebra sharks in the 58,000-gallon tank in the new Stingray Bay section of the Aquarium.

She was brought to the Aquarium in July in a truck outfitted with large foam blocks to keep her stable. She has been in quarantine since then so staff could make sure she was adjusting well.

The blue-eyed beauty was found on South Padre Island, Texas, on Jan. 2, 2004, when she was about a year old and weighed just 1 pound. She was taken to the rescue organization Sea Turtle Inc., which nursed her to health.

She had serious injuries to several of her flippers, possibly from shark bites, so she cannot be released into the wild. MJ has thrived, and now weighs 168 pounds and is about 3½ feet long.

Blue eyes are rare in sea turtles, but they also exhibit an eye color of brown to black.

The move was arranged after Sea Turtle Inc. heard the Children’s Aquarium was looking for a sea turtle. They offered MJ, knowing she would be as popular with children and parents here in Dallas as she was in South Texas.

Officials from Sea Turtle Inc. are planning to attend MJ’s debut on Tuesday, along with many fans who’ve been waiting to see her.

She previously lived for a while at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, but returned to Sea Turtles Inc. after she munched on a few too many of the zoo’s fish.

She was named by the gentleman who found her, who chose those letters from his grandchildren’s names.

 

Follow the most recent news about the Children’s Aquarium on the web at www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com and on Instagram, @childrensaquarium.

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About Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park: The Aquarium was designed for children, but also entertains adults as well. Stingray Bay, an outdoor pavilion, features a 58,000-gallon tank with zebra sharks. Alongside, a stingray touch tank lets guests interact with cownose rays. The kid-friendly design offers interactive exhibits for hands-on exploration, with touch pools, feeding demonstrations, child-high viewing windows, birthday facilities, colorful graphics, tools for teachers, and more. Admission is $8 for ages 12-64; $6 for ages 3-11 and 65+; free for ages 2 and younger. Annual passes are $20 for ages 12-64 and $15 for children age 3-11 and 65+. The Aquarium is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 1462 First Ave., in the shadow of the Texas Star Ferris wheel. For more information, call 496.554.7340 or visit ChildrensaquariumAtFairPark.com


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