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Sea Turtles


All sea turtles are endangered or threatened. Many factors have contributed to their population decline including development on nesting beaches, plastics in the ocean and over hunting. Five of seven sea turtle species live in North Carolina waters, including the loggerhead, the green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley and leatherback.

The Aquariums are committed to sea turtle education  and taking action to care for sick or stranded sea turtles. The Aquariums work with sea turtle stranding networks, nesting beach patrols and other Aquariums and sea turtle rehabilitation facilities to aid these animals.