According to the aquarium, the loggerhead sea turtle had hatched in mid-September on a beach in North Carolina. The turtle was rescued by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll after he didn’t leave the nest.
The turtle will now live at the Maritime Aquarium for the first year of its life.
The director of Exhibits for the Maritime Aquarium, Tom Frankie, says he’s very excited to be welcome this little loggerhead.
“Besides the unique opportunity to give the turtle a safe environment for its first year, the exhibit also provides an important chance to talk about sea turtle conservation and to inspire our guests to support conservation efforts,” Frankie says.
Maritime Aquarium says they will bring home a newly rescued hatchling each year and start the process over.
The “Sea Turtle Nursery” was opened on October 21 and is free with aquarium admission. Maritime Aquarium encourages people to watch their website and Facebook page in November for information about a contest to name this year’s turtle.