As a proud partner in North Carolina Aquarium's Loggerhead Head Start Program, the National Aquarium has been caring for and releasing juvenile loggerheads since 2004. We're excited to announce that our latest hatchling charge, Smalls, is ready to be released!
The goal of the Loggerhead Head Start Program is to give baby loggerheads a better chance at survival in the wild by spending the first few months of their lives in the safety of an Aquarium setting. Once they've grown significantly and been given a clean bill of health, the turtles are transported back to North Carolina for release!
Sea turtles have a challenging life. Weighing just 20 grams at birth, they face many natural predators both on the sandy beaches where they hatch and in the oceans where they dwell. Loggerheads were once actively hunted for their eggs and meat, and in some places of the world, they still are. Because of their low survival rate, they have been classified as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
For live updates on Smalls' transport and release, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. As turtles from partnering institutions from around the country, they'll be sharing updates using #TravelingTurtle!