To participate, visit aqua.org/loggerhead between now and January 22 to submit name suggestions. A panel of Aquarium staff will review and consider all entries. Then, from January 25 to 29, the public can vote on one of four names selected by the panel. The winning name will be announced on the morning of February 1.
The baby loggerhead joined the National Aquarium as part of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Loggerhead Head Start program, which works to rescue and rehabilitate imperiled hatchlings. Once the hatchlings are recovered, they are outfitted with satellite tags and then released. Our loggerhead can currently been seen on exhibit in Maryland: Mountains to the Sea!
Loggerhead turtles are named for their large heads that support powerful jaw muscles, allowing them to crush hard-shelled prey like clams and sea urchins. They are less likely to be hunted for their meat or shell compared to other sea turtles. However, loggerhead turtles are seriously threatened by “bycatch” which is the accidental capture of marine animals in fishing gear. Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems and are essential to maintaining the health of coral reefs and sea grass beds.
Don’t forget to head over to aqua.org/loggerhead to submit your name!