The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Fort Lauderdale welcomed a new baby loggerhead sea turtle this week. With over 450,000 people a year visiting the museum, this little guy will serve as a Museum ambassador, educating visitors about sea turtle conservation.
Rescued near Juno Beach by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, it weighs just 19.5 grams and is 4.4 centimeters long and 3.8 centimeters wide. Not to worry, it won’t spend its life in a tank; the reptile is expected to reach the required size for release in two years.
Only two loggerhead nesting aggregations in the world have greater than 10,000 females nesting per year: South Florida in the United States and and Masirah in Oman. The U.S. nesting season is from April through September. So, this little one was on the tail-end of the season. Good luck little ambassador, may you grown strong.