Sea Turtle Blog

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Dec2015
This week we are highlighting a different species of turtle that is a bit funny looking: the spiny softshell turtle. These turtles are aquatic, but instead of swimming in the ocean like sea turtles, they live in freshwater habitats. Spiny softshell turtles are found in rivers, lakes and streams located south of the Great Lakes Basin through the central and ... Read More

19

Nov2015
This week, we are hearing from Emily, one of our Aquarists who works with sharks! You may be wondering what sharks have to do with sea turtles. Read on to find out.At the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, I have the opportunity to do many different jobs relating to the maintenance of our exhibits and care for the aquatic ... Read More

12

Nov2015
We know how many sea turtle nests are laid each year and on which beaches. But do you ever wonder how many of those nests were laid by the same mother turtle? Luckily, there are scientists doing research to find out. Sea turtle groups in North Carolina, along with South Carolina and Georgia, are helping scientists collect one unhatched egg ... Read More

05

Nov2015
Two hatchling sea turtles arrived at the Aquarium in August 2014. After a year as animal ambassadors, helping to educate nearly 450,000 visitors (and many of you, as well) about sea turtles, they were released last week in  the Atlantic Ocean. They weren’t the only sea turtles returned to their natural habitat. More than 11 zoos and aquariums from all ... Read More

29

Oct2015
Halloween is here and with it comes lots of candy, costumes, and decorations. Guess what else comes with all of those festive finds? Plastic and waste! Our sea turtle friends in the ocean may not celebrate Halloween, but they certainly feel the effects of it if our trash and waste makes its way into our waterways and ocean.Sea turtles can ... Read More

22

Oct2015
Turtles are famously known for their shells. This hard structure, also known as a carapace, gives them protection in the wild and can help sea turtles camouflage in the ocean. Sea turtles also provide a service with their shells for other animals in the ocean. Many animals use sea turtle shells as a home to live on and others use ... Read More

15

Oct2015
Do you remember our post on Junebug, the sea turtle with three flippers? Well, today we have a guest post all about Calypso! Calypso is also a sea turtle with three flippers that lives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. We were lucky enough to talk with Jackie who takes care of Calypso.Q: What do ... Read More

08

Oct2015
Have you heard the exciting news? The first biofluorescent reptile was discovered this week! A hawksbill sea turtle! Biofluorescence is a big word meaning the ability for an animal to absorb light and then produce it (show it) as a different color. In addition to the hawksbill sea turtle being the first reptile to show this amazing ability, it is ... Read More

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