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Sea Turtle Hatchling Heading to Monterey
Can sea turtles fly? Well, a young loggerhead sea turtle similar to the one pictured here will be airborne tomorrow, en route from North Carolina to an exhibit in our Open Sea galleries.
It’s flying coach to Monterey with Curator Steve Vogel. You can follow their progress on Wednesday using the Twitter hashtag #TravelingTurtle.
At the earliest, it could be on exhibit Thursday morning, depending on the outcome of its veterinary exam. (We’ll keep you posted.)
The turtle is one of nine hatchlings rescued earlier this year by our colleagues with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. These turtles didn’t make it back to sea with their nest-mates, and were hand-raised at the aquarium.
All nine are being loaned out to aquariums around the country, where they’ll live for up to two years before they’re returned to North Carolina, tagged and released to the wild.
Our youngster is just over 4 inches long and weighs less than half a pound. By the time it leaves Monterey, it could be more than a foot long and weigh up to 15 pounds.
We won’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, though. Even experts can’t tell a sea turtle’s gender until it’s around 10 years old.
Look for tomorrow’s updates at #TravelingTurtle, then come check the little guy out for yourself. It will be on the second floor of the Open Sea, near the puffins and other seabirds, in an exhibit that highlights the threats facing sea turtles and other animals from unsustainable fishing practices.
In a word, how would you describe your favorite visit to the Aquarium?
Is the mahi mahi the most beautiful fish in the sea? Some people think so, thanks to its iridescent body colors—metallic blues and greens on the back and sides, with white and yellow underneath. We just added two to our Open Sea exhibit!
People tell us they love these two huge exhibits, which supply diver’s-eye views of the ocean around us. Which is YOUR favorite?
Sometimes you just have to give in to the feeling. How does the Aquarium move YOU?
Just in case you were wondering…she said yes! Congratulations to Chris Quevedo and his fiance, Kat Doty.
Want to create a special moment at the Aquarium?
(Carlo Sese photo)
Love sharks? We just added a beautiful sandbar shark to the Open Sea exhibit. Believe it or not, this shark originally came from Hawaii on an airplane. Since then, it’s been growing up behind the scenes at our Animal Research and Care Center in Marina, until we felt it was large enough to go on display!
Who gets the sardine swirl started, anyway? Ask this and other pressing questions at the Google Hangout with our experts Thursday at noon PT! We have spots available on camera. You can also submit your questions if you want them asked on air, so let us know in the comments section if you would like to join.
We want you! Have questions about sharks, rays, molas and other animals in our Open Sea exhibit?