Newport News, VA (October 9, 2018) – Gingersnap the loggerhead sea turtle will begin the journey back to the wild. In June 2018 the Virginia Living Museum introduced a new loggerhead sea turtle into the 30,000-gallon Noland Chesapeake Bay Tank. In August, the community voted and named the turtle “Gingersnap”.
Gingersnap was a straggler hatchling that arrived at the Virginia Living Museum weighing 15 pounds. Now a healthy 35+ pounds the turtle will leave on October 15 for release into the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina.
“We are so proud to be able to play a part in the conservation of a threatened species and to share that education with our community,” Conservation Director, Chris Crippen said. “Gingersnap has been an incredible ambassador for all sea life and it has been our privilege to support Gingersnap’s growth. The Virginia Living Museum is committed to a mission of education and stewardship for the protection of all wildlife.”
Come visit Gingersnap at the Museum before the turtle returns to the wild through Sunday, October 14. Visitors can post “Well Wishes” to Gingersnap on social media or in person at the Virginia Living Museum. The public can also follow Gingersnap’s journey back to the wild on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“Gingersnap is a favorite of both our guests and staff, her well-being is our main goal. We celebrate her release and know that her aggressive survivor mentality will serve her well in the wild,” Crippen added.
Gingersnap will be joined by VLM Aquarium Staff for these special programs this week:
- Thursday, October 11 – Feeding at 2 pm/Scuba Program at 3 pm
- Saturday, October 13 – Feeding at 2 pm
- Sunday, October 14 – Feeding at 2 pm
The Virginia Living Museum would like to thank supporters of the annual Otter Ball Conservation Gala. Funds raised support conservation efforts that promote education and focus on animal ambassadors like Gingersnap.
Daily Museum admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under are free.