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Sea Turtle Tag and Release Program

Sea Turtle Tagging

Sea Turtles have been part of the Virginia Living Museum's Chesapeake Bay Aquarium Habitat over the years.  For several years we have worked with the Head-Start Program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Juvenile sea turtles are acquired from nests in southern North Carolina and then raised for several years in captivity before being tagged and released into the Atlantic Ocean.

VLM Sea Turtles

The Virginia Living Museum has released two turtles back into the wild as part of the Head-Start Program.

The first sea turtle was 5 lbs. when we received it from North Carolina in October 2008 and 70lbs when it was released in October 2010. A tag  was affixed on the top of the sea turtle's shell. The sea turtle, whose name for reference only is "Virginia," was tracked until its tag fell off.

The second turtle was five years old and weighed 187 lbs. when it was released into the Gulf Stream in October 2013 by Aquarium Curator Chris Crippen. Given the name "Abby," the turtle can be tracked on the public website  The release was covered by local news WCTI-TV.  Amazing underwater video was captured by VLM aquarists.


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Sea Turtle Tagging

You can follow the journeys of sea turtles around the world on this website