As part of the North Carolina Aquarium’s Loggerhead Head Start Program, National Aquarium is one of many institutions from across the country that rehabilitates imperiled hatchlings with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild.
Loggerhead turtles are named for their large heads that support powerful jaw muscles, allowing them to crush hard-shelled prey like clams and sea urchins. They are less likely to be hunted for their meat or shell compared to other sea turtles.
This species is seriously threatened by bycatch (the accidental capture of marine animals in fishing gear). Loggerheads are the most common turtle in the Mediterranean making many of their nesting beaches under threat from tourism development. Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems and are essential to maintaining the health of coral reefs and sea grass beds.
Stay tuned for more updates on our new resident!