Step into the shoes of our Animal Husbandry team and see what it takes to feed Friday, our cheeky Green Sea Turtle! You’ll be immersed in our food preparation area, educated on our seagrass conservation work and how turtles in the wild love seagrass! You’ll then feed our Turtle at the top of the Atlantic Ocean Tank, the deepest tank in the UK! 

Our knowledgeable animal experiences supervisor will lead this experience and be on hand to answer any questions and make you feel truly connected to this experience and the Ocean.

Feed the Turtle at The Aquarium in Plymouth
Feed the Turtle at The Aquarium in Plymouth

What is included in this exclusive experience:

This experience is available for up to 4 people. The price is just £140 for two people (£75pp), £195 for 3 people (£65pp) and £240 for 4 people (£60pp). In the price you get:

  • An introduction to our food preparation area and how we feed our 5000 animals.  
  • Preparation of Friday’s tasty lunch, participants 18+ are only permitted to use our knives. 
  • A overview of our seagrass work and the link to Turtle’s natural diet of seagrass in the wild. 
  • Animal introduction with our Supervisor in front of the Atlantic Ocean Tank. 
  • Explanation and populating of the ‘Feeding Record Sheet’ after weighing Friday’s food.  
  • A demonstration of the equipment we use to feed Friday and the importance of ‘operant conditioning’. 
  • 15 minutes feeding Friday!
  • A day’s visit to the Aquarium for all participants.
Can we take photos during the experience?

Yes! We would love for you to take photos and share them on social media!

How many people can book this experience?

The experience is for up to 4 people (aged 8 and above) and is priced at £140.

Can I buy a voucher for this experience?

We are currently developing a gift voucher for this experience! You can check out our current gift voucher options here!

Are you able to cancel if I can’t make it?

We are unable to refund this experience but can move to a later date with 24 hours notice before the session takes place. Please note you can only rearrange your date once.

Can I touch Friday the Turtle?

For the health and safety of yourself and Friday the Turtle, you are not allowed to touch Friday.

Is this experience suitable for someone in a wheelchair/with access needs?

We are currently working on making this experience access friendly. There are a number of steps required to get to the top of the tank.

Will it be smelly?

Our Food Preparation area will be the only area that will smell. We prepare food for all of the animals here so the room will smell of fish!

How long does the experience last?

The experience will take around 45 minutes. You’ll get to feed Friday for about 15 minutes.

What other animals might I see during the experience?

Friday will be of course be the star of the show, but being at the Atlantic Ocean Tank you will get to see Eagle rays, Southern Stingrays, Zebra Shark, Sand Tiger Shark and other smaller sharks!

Will I get wet?

On the most part this experience you will remain dry, although Friday may splash if he gets too excited!


  • The Experience runs from 12:30 to 13:15. 
  • Experience times are strictly adhered to.  If you arrive more than 10 minutes late you will not be permitted to join the Experience. 
  • We do not offer refunds on this experience.
  • Available for up to four participants only. 
  • Minimum age to take part in this tour is 8 years old. No babies or toddlers in pushchairs or being carried will be permitted on the tour. 
  • Under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is 18 or over. 
  • Aquarium staff are not responsible for children during the tour. 
  • Please note, this Experience includes access to our Food Preparation area which will have a strong odour. A strong stomach is advised! 
  • You will entering areas that are used for the preparation of seafood, it is advised that those with seafood allergies seek medical advice before taking part in the Experience 
  • If animal or visitor safety is at risk, we reserve the right to stop the Experience at any point without refund.  
  • Due to the nature of husbandry work, there may be incidents that may arise beyond our control, leading us to cancel your experience at short notice. We suggest that you check your messages and e-mail before visiting just in case. If this were to happen, you would be offered a refund or an opportunity to re-schedule. 
  • Refunds are not available but the Experience can be moved to a later date with 24 hours notice. Please note, the Experience can only be re-arranged once. 
  • For your safety, close toe shoes must be worn. 

For any questions or enquiries regarding this experience please email:

Experiences gift vouchers!

This unique experience is now also available as a gift voucher. Gift this experience to one of your loved ones for Christmas or their birthday! Our ‘Snorkel at The Aquarium‘ experience is also perfect to gift that adrenaline junkie after their next adventure!

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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