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Follow a rescued baby loggerhead sea turtle through its first year of life as we raise it for release into the Atlantic Ocean next fall.
The guest sea turtle is here at The Maritime Aquarium as part of a loan program of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, whose staff and volunteers inspect turtle nests on beaches to look for “stragglers” – newly hatched turtles that, for various reasons, didn’t make it out of nests. These young turtles are rescued and then raised for a year at loan institutions, before being returned to North Carolina the following fall for release into the Gulf Stream.
Aquarium staff will repeat the process each October: travel to North Carolina to release a year-old loggerhead and then bring a new hatchling back to Norwalk.
Each hatchling turtle – only about 3 inches long at first – will live in a new habitat near the Aquarium’s “Sea Turtles” exhibit. (That exhibit’s two green sea turtles were hatched in Florida in 2004 as part of a medical project and cannot be released into the ocean. Still considered to be juveniles, they weigh 250 pounds but eventually could reach 400!)
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