Meet ‘Raven,’ the National Aquarium’s Newest Rescued Baby Sea Turtle

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Courtesy National Aquarium
Courtesy National Aquarium

There’s a new “Raven” here in Baltimore, but this one has a shell, four flippers and does not caw.

The National Aquarium today announced the arrival of a hatchling loggerhead turtle named after the black bird native to Maryland. While the moniker clearly pays homage to the beloved hometown football team, it’s also a reference to the dark marks on the tiny turtle’s face, according to the aquarium.

Raven is the newest turtle to arrive in the Inner Harbor through a rescue program led by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Through the program, wildlife conservators rescue and help turtle hatchlings develop until they can be released and tracked out in the open sea. Baltimore’s National Aquarium has been participating since 2004.

Now that Raven has spent several weeks getting used to her new environment, she’ll soon be joining other creatures for the next year in the “Coastal Beach” exhibit housed within the “Maryland: Mountains to the Sea” gallery. Other turtles will arrive this fall and winter through the National Aquarium’s own Animal Rescue Program, the aquarium said in a release.

Aquarium staff took a different approach this year to naming their newest addition than they did for last year’s guest turtle, Sheldon, who received his name by popular vote. Raven is filling Sheldon’s shell, so to speak, after he was released back out into the wild last month.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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