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The unnamed loggerhead Sea Turtle lives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. (National Aquarium in Baltimore photo)

National Aquarium in Baltimore has baby loggerhead sea turtle

Beth Claus, a National Aquarium aquarist, holds a baby loggerhead sea turtle that lives at the aquarium in Baltimore. (National Aquarium in Baltimore photo)

Beth Claus, a National Aquarium aquarist, holds a baby loggerhead sea turtle that lives at the aquarium in Baltimore. (National Aquarium in Baltimore photo)

The National Aquarium in Baltimore now has a baby loggerhead sea turtle in its coastal beach exhibit.

The public can see the turtle until the aquarium releases the turtle into the wild, about a year from now.

“Sea turtles lead a challenging life and we’re so happy to help give them a better chance at survival, “said Beth Claus, a National Aquarium aquarist, in a statement announcing the baby turtle’s arrival. “We … hope the story of this baby loggerhead will help carry home our key messages to the public.”

Loggerhead turtles are less likely to be hunted for their meat or shell compared to other sea turtles, but they are threatened by accidental capture in fishing gear, the Aquarium said. They are the most common turtle in the Mediterranean, and many of their nesting beaches are under threat from tourism development, according to the aquarium.

The aquarium plans to hold a public naming for the baby turtle in 2016.