Forget Charlotte Crosby and Davina McCall, there’s a new weight loss icon in the industry; Ernie the Sea Turtle. Battling to shed the pounds this January, Ernie is on a strict diet and exercise regime at his home of the Sealife Cente within the Trafford Centre.
Ernie has already set prime example by losing an impressive 5kg, which has been obtained through a tough diet and exercise plan set by the Sealife team. His dedicated diet meant ditching his piscivorous ways in favour of a vegetarian lifestyle, with regular weigh-ins and shell measurements to help keep him on track and motivated.
It’s unlikely Ernie will ditch the plan due to his personalised Turtle Trainer who is responsible for encouraging the turtle to get the exercise needed through a carefully planned programme.
Ernie’s favourite exercise, in the new regime, involves his special Turtle diving kit, which creates bubbles for him to bite and swim through. For a more high intensity variation of the bubble enrichment workout, he can manoeuvre the kit making bubbles come out of different holes. For his cardio fix, Ernie loves to follow the SEA LIFE divers up, down and around his magnificent tropical ocean display tank, replicating their movements and playing with whatever objects they have with them that day.
Dan McLaughlan, Aquarium Curator at SEA LIFE Manchester and Ernie’s own PTT said: “Enrichment is a key component in turtle husbandry, which is why we’ve put together this exercise plan to keep Ernie as healthy and happy as possible.
“We’re absolutely delighted with Ernie’s progress over the last year. He has managed to maintain his impressive weight loss with a rigorous diet and fitness programme – we really hope that he’ll be an inspiration to all those embarking on their own transformation journey this year!”
Staff at SEA LIFE Manchester will be also be collecting data on Ernie’s activity levels and how this is affected by his new enrichment programme.
To keep track of Ernie’s transformation journey or to book tickets to visit him at Sealife Manchester.