Users from across the country submitted close to 20,000 names for the little loggerhead! A panel of National Aquarium staff, including those who care for the animals in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit, sifted through the names and chose five finalists:
- Ziggy, In honor of David Bowie
- Kai, Hawaiian for “Sea”
- Snape, In honor of Alan Rickman
- Boh, In honor of its temporary home, Baltimore
- Sheldon, After Jim Parson's Big Bang Theory character
Click here to vote for your favorite name!
When we put out the call for names, something unexpected happened. Many members of our online community reached out hoping to honor the memory of lost loved ones through this naming process, and we were deeply moved by their efforts. In order to celebrate each of these special lives, we have decided to name several of our rescue sea turtle patients after these individuals.
Like our loggerhead, these turtles have been rescued and given a second chance at survival by our dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We plan to share updates with the families as our newly named patients continue their journeys to recovery. Once rehabilitated, we hope to invite the families to each turtle's release.
We want to sincerely thank everyone for their thoughtful name submissions. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite and check back on Monday, February 1 to see the winning name!