Rescued loggerhead turtle calls National Aquarium home until she’s ready for the wild
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A rescued loggerhead turtle hatchling has found a new home at Baltimore’s National Aquarium, and she’s embracing his new hometown, even taking on the name “Raven.”
The hatchling will be in the “Maryland: Mountains to the Sea” gallery for the next year, being cared for by the Aquarium’s staff until she’s big enough to be released into the wild. “Raven” was just 91 grams and four inches from head to tail when she arrived. In a year, the loggerhead will be large enough to survive on its own and will be released into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. According to officials at the Aquarium, if loggerheads, which are endangered in the wild, survive their first year, they can grow to be the largest of all hard-shelled sea turtles.
The species plays an important role in maintaining the health of aquatic ecosystems. “Raven” is one of many turtle hatchlings being rescued and rehabilitated through the Sea Turtle Awareness Program, founded by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The National Aquarium has participated in the program since 2004. The National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program will take in other turtles this fall and winter and will rehabilitate animals in order to release them into warmer waters in the spring and summer.