Giant Sand Turtle Sculpted in Sydney to Raise Awareness of Threats to Species

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has helped to bring awareness of endangered turtles to the public by sculpting a giant “sand turtle” in the middle of the city’s central business district.

A timelapse video shared by the aquarium on January 24 shows the amount of effort it took to create the 10-tonne exhibit over a 20-hour period. The sand sculpture also glows in the dark, and was inspired by SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium turtle resident Myrtle.

Speaking on the video, science communicator and environmentalist Laura Wells said that the sculpture "is an important reminder that human activity, such as plastic pollution and boating, can negatively impact the future of the turtle population.” Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium via Storyful