Have you heard? On January 2nd, we welcomed our own “Baby New Year” of 2018 - our new loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. But we need your help naming him! During the month of January, donate spare change toward your favorite name at our voting station located in the Main Lobby of the Aquarium. All proceeds collected will be donated to Sea Turtle Conservancy and help sea turtles in the wild.
The name options are:
- D'Artagnan (Dart for short - of Stranger Things 2 fame)
- Tyrion (after the fan-favorite Game of Thrones character)
- Maverick (as a homage to Top Gun)
The young turtle is a part of a rehab and release program. Every year, we welcome a hatchling from North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Sea Turtle Program to rehabilitate for one year. Biologists will help guide and train the hatchling to do activities it would normally do in the wild as sort of "survival school" for sea turtles. After a year, the hatchling is released into the wild off the coast of North Carolina along with other yearlings from aquariums over the country.
Want to see the hatchling? You can now visit the young turtle on exhibit in Sea Turtle Cove, adjacent to Ocean Realm where the Aquarium's adult sea turtles reside.