By: Mary Beth McAndrews
On Wednesday, October 21, the Virginia Living Museum released their 4-year-old loggerhead sea turtle, Abe, back into the ocean! The release happened off of Atlantic Beach, N.C. Abe originally came from North Carolina Aquariums as part of a partnership the aquariums have in caring for and raising juvenile loggerheads.
Their efforts begin even before these turtles hatch. Loggerhead nests are federally protected and are watched over by volunteers and institutions. As the babies hatch, healthy turtles are left alone to make their way to the ocean, while weak ones are taken to be cared for in a safer environment. Once they are strong enough, the turtles are then released back into their natural habitat!