Sea Turtle Arrives in Monterey
After a full day of travel on Thursday, our hatchling loggerhead sea turtle touched down in Monterey around 10 p.m. last night. Husbandry Curator Steve Vogel, who accompanied the turtle on its journey, brought it immediately to the Aquarium where it went straight to swimming behind the scenes. 
This morning our veterinarian, Dr. Mike Murray, examined our hatchling. At just four months old, it weighs just under half a pound (0.22 kg), and its shell measures about 4.4 inches (11.2 cm) long and 3.4 inches (8.7 cm) wide.
Our turtle passed the exam, but we’re keeping it behind the scenes until after Christmas to acclimate to a regular feeding routine. Dr. Mike notes this is pretty typical with any new animal going on exhibit at the Aquarium. “It’s a feeding learning process—learning each other’s idiosyncrasies,” he says. Since the turtle eventually will be released back into the wild, our aquarists will take a “hands-off” approach and not hand-feed it or spend more time with it than necessary. They’ll continue to keep track of the hatchling’s weight through routine exams. 
We’ll let you know when the little loggerhead will be introduced into the Open Sea exhibit gallery so that you can stop by and visit.
Learn more about our loggerhead sea turtle’s journey to the Aquarium.

Sea Turtle Arrives in Monterey

After a full day of travel on Thursday, our hatchling loggerhead sea turtle touched down in Monterey around 10 p.m. last night. Husbandry Curator Steve Vogel, who accompanied the turtle on its journey, brought it immediately to the Aquarium where it went straight to swimming behind the scenes. 

This morning our veterinarian, Dr. Mike Murray, examined our hatchling. At just four months old, it weighs just under half a pound (0.22 kg), and its shell measures about 4.4 inches (11.2 cm) long and 3.4 inches (8.7 cm) wide.

Our turtle passed the exam, but we’re keeping it behind the scenes until after Christmas to acclimate to a regular feeding routine. Dr. Mike notes this is pretty typical with any new animal going on exhibit at the Aquarium. “It’s a feeding learning process—learning each other’s idiosyncrasies,” he says. Since the turtle eventually will be released back into the wild, our aquarists will take a “hands-off” approach and not hand-feed it or spend more time with it than necessary. They’ll continue to keep track of the hatchling’s weight through routine exams. 

We’ll let you know when the little loggerhead will be introduced into the Open Sea exhibit gallery so that you can stop by and visit.

Learn more about our loggerhead sea turtle’s journey to the Aquarium.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.