Help Us Choose!
Each year the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher cares for two hatchling loggerhead sea turtles. The hatchlings arrive in late summer from a routine excavation of a local nest. These turtles do not make the initial trek to the sea.
The loggerheads receive daily care from our expert team, ensuring their growth and development. They also serve as ambassadors to help others understand the threats faced by vulnerable sea turtles locally and globally. The sea turtles remain at the aquarium for just over a year and are then released into the Atlantic Ocean.
We recently said goodbye to yearlings loggerheads, Scute and Noggin, who received their names in 2019. When they arrived in our care they were as small as the palm of a hand. When they were released they were larger than a dinner plate.
Now, it's your turn to pick your favorite name for the new hatchlings. The top two win! Vote by Jan. 1, 2020.
Please note the turtle naming announcement originally scheduled for Jan. 8, 2020 has been postponed to a later date.