You may have heard recently about all the sea turtles getting stranded on Cape beaches. The New England Aquarium, of course, is doing what it can to pick up the turtles and transport them to warmer climes.
The problem is they're running out of their preferred carriers for transporting the reptiles: Cardboard boxes used to ship bananas to supermarkets (Really! Take a look at this Aquarium hallway). This morning, the Aquarium put out an urgent plea to its volunteers:
The turtles are transported (and spend the night) in banana boxes. With the high number of turtles coming in we need more!
We are recruiting volunteers to contact their local grocery stores to request donations of banana boxes, pick those boxes up, and deliver them to the Volunteer Programs Office (by the Freshwater Gallery) at the main Aquarium on Central Wharf.
Drop offs can occur between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week (with the exception of November 27th and 28th). All we ask is that you let us know by e-mail or phone call the approximate time you will be dropping off boxes and how many you have.
The boxes need to be in good condition and still constructed. Broken down (flat) boxes or those in poor condition cannot be accepted.