After obtaining state and federal permits, building a 16,500-gallon habitat and hiring staff with "extensive sea turtle experience," the aquarium is ready to welcome "Beam" to his new home in Boise, according to a statement from the aquarium.
Beam, a young green sea turtle, was found stranded in Florida after being hit by a boat in March 2011, according to the statement. The Mote Marine Lab used cement and zip ties to fuse the pieces of his crushed rear shell. When he healed, Beam was unable to dive and forage for food due to air trapped in the shell, leading the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to declare him unreleasable to the wild.
Upon learning of Beam's situation, the Idaho Aquarium began working through the extensive permitting process for acquiring sea turtles, which are an endangered species. Beam will be the only sea turtle in captivity in Idaho, according to the aquarium's release.
He is scheduled to arrive in Boise the first week of October. The aquarium plans to hold a "sneak peak" event Oct. 5 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m.
For more information, call the aquarium at (208) 375-1932.