The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is looking for help naming two of its baby loggerhead sea turtles.
The public can vote for their favorite name on the aquarium’s website through Jan. 1. Aquarium staff selected these five names: Crash, Kure, Kelp, Murtagh and Sylvester. The two winning names will be announced Jan. 8 on social media.
“Naming these animals helps create a personal connection for our guests to help them understand how their actions impact this species and other marine animals,” said Andy Gould, Education Curator.
The aquarium began caring for the tiny loggerheads after the animals were excavated from two nests earlier this year in Kure Beach.
Each summer the aquarium works in partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local sea turtle rescue organizations, accepting a limited number of new turtles that are found in the nest three days after hatching, but do not make the initial trek to the sea, according to the aquarium.
After the loggerhead hatchlings are named, they will remain in aquarium care until they are released in fall 2021.
Last year, two loggerhead sea turtles came to the aquarium through the program and were named in a similar way, Scute and Noggin. They were recently released into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream after more than a year of growth and care at the aquarium.