See a magnificent taxidermy mount of a male Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, in our Natural History Gallery, on loan from the Natural History Museum, London.
Over 100 years old, this impressive animal was collected off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America and presented to the Natural History Museum in 1906.
This small display will showcase the challenges facing Green Turtles and other marine life today, and what we can do to protect this habitat.
All seven species of sea turtles have declined massively over the past 200 years, none more so than the Green Turtle.
It was killed in huge numbers for food, and its eggs taken from all but the most remote nesting beaches.
In the 20th century, the pristine beaches where turtles nested were destroyed to make room for holiday developments.
Plastic pollution has also become an increasing problem.
Green Turtles roam the oceans and are only very occasionally recorded around the British Isles. However, one of the largest breeding areas, on Ascension Island, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, is now well protected.
Item on loan courtesy of the Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.