Loggerhead Update: Raven

In honor of Endangered Species Week, we checked in with the team caring for Raven, the loggerhead charge in our care as part of the Loggerhead Head Start Program!

Published May 16, 2017

Raven has been living in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit since she arrived at the National Aquarium last October. Upon arrival, Raven weighed less than 100 grams, and now she weighs one kilogram!

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This growth spurt is thanks to her voracious appetite! Her favorite foods include smelt, shrimp and capelin. Raven is often hard to spot, but our aquarists report that she enjoys napping in the corners of her exhibit and tends to be rather feisty when she’s hungry! 

The National Aquarium has participated in the Loggerhead Head Start Program since 2004. As part of this program, the Aquarium is one of many institutions from across the country that rehabilitates sea turtle hatchlings with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. This program helps to save loggerhead sea turtles from extinction by giving baby sea turtles a better chance at survival.

Read more about the Loggerhead Head Start Program here!


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