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Did you know that green sea turtles are a bit of an enigma? They travel far and wide, riding currents across the open ocean. Females return to the same beach each year, using magnetic clues as a map back home. They live to be a remarkable 80 years old, and our two are at least 50!
Watch them on our live cam
Humpbacks aren’t the only species enjoying a bountiful summer in the bay—leatherback turtles are also being seen on local whale watching trips. This great shot from Jodi Frediani shows one enjoying a delicious meal of jellies.
Did you know it’s our state marine reptile?
Happy #EndangeredSpeciesDay, an opportunity to learn about these amazing animals and everyday actions we can take to protect them. The Aquarium helps rescue, rehabilitate, and exhibit endangered or threatened species to highlight the dangers they face in the wild.
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!
Just in time for your #Thanksgiving weekend! Our two giant green sea turtles are back on exhibit. We also have extended operating hours Thursday November 28 through Sunday December 1: 9:30 am-6:00 pm with early opening at 9:00 am for members. Have a great holiday!
An endangered loggerhead sea turtle is making a splash on exhibit. Learn more in our latest podcast!
Need something “uplifting” today? This computer wallpaper of our endangered loggerhead sea turtle will practically make you take flight!
Did you know that we have western pond turtles in the Coastal Stream exhibit? In the spring a young turtle’s mind turns to romance—which means roving far afield in search of love. Over the years we’ve had to catch a few escapees!
Turtle En-route for the Holidays!
Our hatchling loggerhead sea turtle is getting the red-carpet treatment from the folks at US Airways.
A day after the turtle was bumped from his flight to Monterey from North Carolina, both turtle and Husbandry Curator Steve Vogel are scheduled for VIP treatment to get them home for the holidays – at 600 miles per hour, in a three-leg flight that will take most of Thursday to complete.
Andrew Christie with the communications staff at US Airways headquarters in Phoenix has arranged all the details, short of guaranteeing a favorable weather forecast. He’s made sure that everyone at US Airways – from staff at ticket counters and gates, to flight attendants and pilots – is aware that a Very Special Sea Turtle has the green light to travel with them today.
“Our reservations folks were kind enough to book [Steve] on all aisle seats to accommodate any need to…check and/or change the hot water bottle for the baby turtle,” Andrew added.
It’s service that’s can make a life-or-death difference, as our veterinarian, Dr. Mike Murray, notes.
“Thank you so very much for accommodating this little guy, the smallest passenger of the season,” he wrote. “I know it is a bit out of the ordinary, but your kindness and understanding are so very much appreciated. Being so small (only about 4 inches in length) the little turtle has a huge thermal disadvantage. He is not only cold blooded and can’t generate body heat, but the heat that we provide is lost quickly because of his high surface-area-to-body-weight ratio. Having Steve right there with him to monitor the temperature is so critical to the little turtle’s well being.”
You can follow their progress from New Bern, N.C. to Monterey on Twitter at #TravelingTurtle. We’ll post updates throughout the day.