A new turtle exhibit is coming to the Newport Aquarium.
Opening March 22, Turtle Canyon will feature more than 14 species spanning three
continents. From the largest tortoise species in the world -- the Galapagos
tortoise -- to
the smallest tortoise
in the Northern Hemisphere -- the Egyptian tortoise.
a renovation of the rain forest exhibit, Turtle Canyon will allow guests to view
turtles up close from multiple angles.
exhibit will include a turtle corral which offers guests the
opportunity to touch a variety of turtles including one of
North America's largest tortoise species -- the Gopher tortoise.
Two massive turtles are set to anchor the exhibits inside
Turtle Canyon, giving Newport Aquarium
a total of three of the largest turtle species in the world.
– a more than 600-pound, 84-year-old Galapagos tortoise and the largest turtle
in the Midwest. Hatched April 19, 1929 on the
Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz, Bravo
arrived at the United States as part of the last group of tortoises exported
from the Galapagos Islands. Not only is he big, Bravo is athletic and known for
climbing rocks to reach food.
118-pound alligator snapping turtle named Thunder will make his new digs at
Turtle Canyon. Believed to be more than 100 years of age, Thunder is the oldest
resident at Newport Aquarium.
Aquarium mainstay Denver, a 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle with
a three-foot-long shell, will continue to roam the waters of the Surrounded by
newest member of the aquarium's turtle family is a sixth-month-old, 1.9-pound
loggerhead who was put on display at the Shore Gallery exhibit on Tuesday.
After hatching in August at Emerald Isle, N.C., this female loggerhead has been
fostered by the Newport Aquarium husbandry staff since late October. Her
journey of survival has been documented on Newport Aquarium's official blog, aquariumworks.org.
can help name this young loggerhead by voting on Newport Aquarium's Facebook
began Tuesday and runs through Feb. 24.