December 10, 2018

Aquarium tracks young turtles to learn more about them

FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — A new program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is keeping tabs on some young sea turtles. The staff has tagged the reptiles with trackers for the very first time.

Loggerhead turtles are mysterious creatures, as they spend most of the their life navigating the deep blue sea. North Carolina beaches are home to loggerhead hatchlings, but only for a short while.

Aquarium curator Hap Fatzinger says, “Even when they hatch off the beaches, it is typically 15 to 20 years before a turtle that hatches from our beaches may make it back to our