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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Sea Turtle Awareness

A project of North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

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Harold (Loggerhead) is 319 km SW off the coast of Portugal and 1543 km from Funchal

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2014-11-05 16:00:00
Release Location: Near Gulf Stream
Last Location: 2016-06-16 11:57:30

Adoptive Parents:
Renee Hoke
Haley Persinger
Darnell Brawner
M. Pierce
Amanda Bobbitt
Brian Alexander Martin
Dylan Urenko
Gloria Pulido
Patty Arvanites
Brianna Lutz
Pat Tyler
Wendy Molnar
Robert Young
Kaylyn Warner
Fatma Dashti
Lisa Lechelt
Callie Valenzisi
Jo Ellen Coleman
Emily Bowen
Robert Boergesson
George Pittman
Tia Williams
Zack McGonigal
Harold Quidley
Madeline Hallahan
Brianna Shaughnessy
Spencer H. Davis
Hailey Campbell
Brendan Adams
Nancy Nixon
Lisa Hallmen
Luis Santana
Joe, Amy, Jen, Justin, Drew, Lauren
Michael Bierds
Mary Ruth Baggott
Jennylou Brock
Eddie Bass
Lisa Hall
Belinda Condro
Kerry Christenson
Rhianna Kern
Rebecca Widowski
Margaret McKinney
Cybil Lovly
Faith Wershba
Janet Perkins
Hunter Creswell
Cody Kakouris
Joan Luongo
Joan Luongo
Jill Miller
Brittany Bundrant
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Jamie N McCauley
Lacey Latta
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Kelli Martinez
Madalynn Grace Patrick
Hen Hud 5th Grade Art Class
Mary Hockett
Alexia Watson
Nya Conrad
Luke Billington
Alyssa Aguilar
Billy Galoppe
Taylor Brooks
Michael Chappo
Kristin Furr
Haley Meier
Emma Crooker
Gary Aleixo
Jeanne Ruthven
Plantation Resort
Sam George
Angie Bryan
Audrey Glass
Chuck Bright
Jessica Poe
Sam Pariyadath
Ms. Stone's Class
Louw Smith
Natasha Williams
Nelson Chicas
Travis Blevins
Sloan Stoppler
Amber Allen-Zentner
The Successful Sixsome
Jackie Kranack
Nadia Cunningham
Isabelle Ragsdale
Jennifer Demers-Hennes
Paula Nuse
Kristen Turner
Amy Mitchell
Christa Heffelfinger
Jessica Claire Hoogendoorn
Lizzy Reed
Keri Lauermann
Abbey Cornett
Jason & Thomas
Katie Stock
Chris Bowers
Brian Morgan
Claudia Crespo
Finian J. Dolaway
Carlos E. Dorado
Meg Huston
Joan Bolster
Ms. Hannah Lawton
J Krug
Tiffany Cowell
JoAnne Junkin
Ava DeJesus
Courtney Pfeiffer
Chris Swenda
Mae Lee Bade
Holly Mccall
Phillip Ford
James & Sandy Bixler
Jeanne M Sterne
Madeline Stern
Sofia Fleury-Mendible
Threshold Diehl
Lauren Ramey
Danny Gannaway
Jessica Russell
Lauren Johnson
Andrea Bennett
Keauna Gorman
Meredith DeBar
Andrew Hayes
Jessi Szatkowski
Oliver E. TenHoeve
Gary & Doris Kyllonen
Mrs. Hedrick's Class 15-16
Michele Benz
Melissa Eichhorn
Tessa Whitney


Harold is a loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued as a straggler hatchling from a nest on Bogue Banks, North Carolina. Volunteers with the North Carolina Sea Turtle Project rescued the hatchling and took it to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, where it received rehabilitative care.

At four months old, Harold was transported to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for further rehabilitation. As part of the Sea Turtle Second Chance Program, Harold was the perfect little ambassador for spreading awareness about the plight of the sea turtles worldwide. During his time in Pittsburgh, Harold was provided many different sea turtle enrichment options—from tiny whiffle balls stuffed with food to foraging opportunities with live foods and plenty of obstacles!
Harold won the hearts of countless visitors through tours and educational programming, but most importantly, this little sea turtle got people to take action in protecting sea turtles.
While it has certainly been a joy to get to know this spunky little loggerhead for the last two years, it is an even greater privilege to have the opportunity to return Harold back to North Carolina for release near the Gulf Stream.
Upon returning to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores,Harold was tagged with a lightweight, battery-operated tracking device. The device could last for up to one year, and will transmit location data occasionally when the turtle surfaces. As part of larger studies to learn how we can help protect them, released turtles like Harold are tagged so we can track their voyages across the seas.

Sea turtle conservation is, without a doubt, a collaborative effort. Harold’s successful reintroduction into the wild (and satellite transmitter) would not have been possible without the support of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, generous contributions from the PPG Conservation & Sustainability Fund, the team effort at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, and the continued support from sea turtle enthusiasts everywhere!

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