Have you ever wanted to become a treasure hunter? National Aquarium guests can now embrace their inner treasure hunter with the new immersion tour, The Legend of Calypso’s Gold, created in honor of Calypso, the much-adored 500+-lb green sea turtle that calls the Aquarium home.
During this family-fun adventure, guests will encounter different guardians of the ocean who will teach the value of curiosity, strength, respect, wisdom, beauty and courage. Through these values, participants will learn about our aquatic ecosystems and the importance of doing their part to protect and preserve them.
Throughout the 90-minute tour, participants will help solve riddles, find clues and discover secrets that will lead to Calypso’s hidden treasure. Once finished, guests themselves will become guardians and will receive their very own amulet, a treasure and reminder of how they can help protect our ecosystems.
“The tour is designed to inspire guests of all ages to explore and protect the natural wonders that are all around,” said Steve Skobel, Immersion Program Manager at the National Aquarium. “It is our hope that participants will learn that everyone has the power to make a difference and discover the importance of preserving the ecosystems in their communities.”
The Legend of Calypso’s Gold experience will be available most weekends and is designed for ages five through 10, but all guests (including the adults) are encouraged to participate. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers, which includes Aquarium admission. For more information about The Legend of Calypso’s Gold and other immersion tours offered by the National Aquarium, visit www.aqua.org/visit/immersion-tours.
Calypso is estimated to have been born in 1998. In 2000, the turtle was stranded in Long Island Sound and rescued by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. Weighing just six pounds, the small turtle was cold stunned and had an infected left front flipper. The flipper was untreatable and was amputated. Almost two years later, and several pounds heavier, the turtle was donated to the National Aquarium. At the time, it was believed that the sea turtle could not be returned to the wild. After three months in quarantine, the turtle, then nicknamed Calypso, was moved to the exhibit that is now Blacktip Reef.