Our rescued loggerhead turtle is returning home to the Atlantic Ocean!

montereybayaquarium:

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They grow up so fast! Here’s the little loggerhead when it arrived in the fall of 2015 as a 3.12 ounce hatchling. See how much it’s grown since!

Want a deeper dive into the science of sea turtle hatchlings, threats they face and how we can help them thrive? Check out the sea turtle section of our Conservation and Science blog!

A book all about us shells!Do you think those dandelion-yellow stripes are nom-able?Whoa, look at that shell!Aquatic?  You mean this turtle likes baths?!What a strange looking turtle!OOF!  Hey!  Don't turn the page yet!Proper care is of the utmost importance!!

thewhimsyturtle:

International Turtle and Tortoise Week 2017, Day 2
(Day 1 here)

Some people think turtles and tortoises are slow and boring.  They couldn’t be more wrong!  Just look at these pictures (and me)!  Sliders have beautiful bright stripes, the Central American ornate wood turtle has gorgeous patterns on its shell, and who could call the matamata boring?!  I got so excited about the matamata that I faceplanted on it!

We’d also like to take a moment for an important reminder to all the turtle and tortoise keepers out there:  Proper care is critical!  We turtles and tortoises may be quiet, but we can and do feel pain when we are kept in improper conditions.  Do your research!

P.S.  Thank you to @qvoro for gifting us this book many years ago!

Kirby! I think you’re the chosen one of the #turtpocalypse! you are so smart!

wotevatravel:

As best as I could figure, these are Olive Ridley turtles, aka. golfinos, the smallest of the sea turtles. Adults are about 84 pounds and 26 inches. About 25 recent hatchling were released this evening right at the beach where we were staying. BEST part of the trip!

Studies suggest that only 1 of about 1000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood. Life expectancy these days is 50 years.

Protecting nests and ensuring hatchlings make through the first steps of their lives (with training and supervision), is a great way to help save the seriously endangered sea turtle population! #ITTW

ITTW is here!Okay, shells, let's get out there and tell everyone how to help save us!

thewhimsyturtle:

Listen up, shells!

Today is the start of International Turtle and Tortoise Week!  Aka time for us to get out there and show everyone how awesome we are!

This year’s theme is ways people can help save turtles and tortoises.  Let’s get this shell-ebration going!

Professor Kirby is right! It’s time to shell-ebrate #ITTW aka  International Turtle and Tortoise Week. We all have to commit to saving turtles and tortoises so generations to come can know their greatness. How are you helping the cause??