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Look Who’s Headed to Monterey!
On Thursday, we returned one young loggerhead sea turtle to North Carolina for release back to the wild. Today, this hatchling will make the trip to the West Coast for a year-long stay on exhibit in our Open Sea galleries.
It will arrive tonight and go straight from the airport to the exhibit.
This new #TravelingTurtle, like its predecessor, was late to emerge from its nest on a North Carolina beach. It was rescued, along with other laggard hatchlings, and raised by colleagues at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
The rescued turtles are loaned to aquariums around the country as a way to share the story of this endangered species while the youngsters grow large enough for release.
Our first turtle weighed less than half a pound and measured nearly 4 1/2 inches when it arrived. Yesterday it was nearly 10 inches long and weighed almost 5 pounds.
The new turtle will also be relatively tiny — and will grow impressively fast.
And when it’s big enough, it will again be a #TravelingTurtle: from Monterey to North Carolina to the wild Atlantic.
Photo courtesy North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
Can sea turtles fly? Ours will! The young loggerhead sea turtle that’s been displayed in our Open Sea galleries is winging it back to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores right now and will soon be returned to the wild. If all goes well, a new baby sea turtle wil take its place Friday night! Follow the journey on Twitter at #TravelingTurtle.
Thanks to US Airways for their assistance flying turtles to and from North Carolina!
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.
Ever run into air travel problems during the holidays? That’s what happened this morning to our loggerhead sea turtle hatchling as Husbandry Curator Steve Vogel prepared to fly back with the turtle from North Carolina.
As you can see in the photo, the turtle passed its pre-flight physical with flying colors at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. But the little guy was denied boarding on his first flight — something to do with regulations about reptiles traveling in the main cabin on commercial flights. (It’s apparently been an issue on some planes.)
Our turtle is safe and in good health. For now, he’s driving back with Steve to the North Carolina aquarium while we work out alternate plans for their trip to Monterey. We’ll let you know as soon as there’s “new” news to share. And you can follow their journey on Twitter at #TravelingTurtle.
We’re optimistic that the hatchling loggerhead will make it home for the holidays.