Welcomes Its Own Baby New Year

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling joins Aquarium family in Sea Turtle Cove
Guests invited to help name the new hatchling this January

Adventure Aquarium welcomed its own “Baby New Year” of 2017 with the announcement of a new loggerhead sea turtle hatchling earlier today.

Guests can now visit the hatchling on exhibit in Sea Turtle Cove, adjacent to Ocean Realm where the Aquarium’s adult sea turtles reside.  The young turtle, that hatched last August, will call Adventure Aquarium home for most of the year until it is released into the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina, along with other yearlings from aquariums all over the country, this coming fall.

Each year, Adventure Aquarium welcomes a hatchling from North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Sea Turtle Program to rehabilitate for one year.  Biologists will help guide and train the hatchling to do activities it would normally do in the wild as a sort of “survival school” for sea turtles.

“The hatchling came to us weighing 86 grams and is now over 226 grams,” said Nikki Grandinetti, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates at Adventure Aquarium.  “He loves jellies and shrimp. He’s also very active and investigates anything with his mouth.”  

During the month of January, Adventure Aquarium is also asking guests to help select the name of the young turtle at a voting station located in the Main Lobby of the Aquarium.  The name options are: Darwin, Griswold, Groot and Tina.  Using spare change, guests visiting Adventure Aquarium will be able to vote for their favorite name choice.  The winning name will be announced this coming February. 

Guests are encouraged to check Adventure Aquarium’s website and social accounts for the latest news about the loggerhead hatchling as well as the other Aquarium animals, events and more.