Loggerhead Update: Smalls Returns to the Ocean

Our loggerhead charge, Smalls, is making his way back to the big blue!

Published October 19, 2015

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!

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling

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!

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Jellies in petri dish Welcome to the Jelly Jungle

Deep inside the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) building, the National Aquarium runs a little-known lab. Here we carry out the propagation of jellies, many of which later end up on exhibit in Jellies Invasion. Read on for a peek into the process!

Read the full story

Cold stunned turtle Cold Stunning: Where, How and Why?

Picture this: You’ve just spent a wonderful, late summer week on Cape Cod, swimming in the ocean and enjoying the sunshine with friends and family. As fall sets in, you know it’s time to head home. You get on the highway, but something strange happens … despite driving for hours, you end up back where you started. You feel sluggish, confused and exhausted. If you were a turtle, you just might be cold-stunned.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Update: Macaw-esome Pair in Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Published August 23, 2019

Animal Update: McHenry the Loggerhead Ready for Release

Published October 25, 2018