Chapter 1: Meet Munchkin

Chapter 1: Meet Munchkin


Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Location found:
 Great Island, Wellfleet, MA
Date Admitted: November 21, 2018
Admission Weight: 137 kg, Current Weight: 151 kg

Munchkin is the largest loggerhead sea turtle the New England Aquarium has ever rehabilitated. She was admitted with significant wounds along her right front flipper. She is missing portions of her right front flipper and left hind flipper, possibly from an entanglement. Munchkin enjoys eating herring and looking through her tank window. She was released on July 2nd!

The ocean, and sea turtles like Munchkin, are facing accelerating threats like rapidly rising water temperatures from climate change, islands of floating plastic, and ocean industrialization. These pressing issues inspire all of us to educate and take action to influence global change.

Starting June 17, we are releasing a new chapter about Munchkin’s Journey every week. Learn what goes into rehabilitating a sea turtle, from rescue on the beach to release in the wild, and even follow Munchkin’s journey back to the ocean. Share on social media with #MunchkinsJourney! 

Chapter 2: Why Did She Strand?

Learn more about how Munchkin’s journey began. Visit the beach where she was rescued and hear from vets and volunteers about why turtles strand.

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Chapter 3: Prepping for the Wild

What goes into rehabilitating a tremendous turtle? A tremendous turtle rescue team! Take a tour of our rehab facility to see the efforts that go into prepping a turtle for the wild.

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Munchkin on beach

Chapter 4: Munchkin’s Release!

After months of rehabilitation, Munchkin is finally well enough to return to the wild. Watch her make her way down the beach and back into the ocean. 

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Chapter 5: Follow Munchkin

Her story doesn’t end here! Utilizing satellite tags, researchers track Munchkin on her continued journey through the open ocean.

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