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11/26/2019 12:01:00 AM
Name Sea Turtles At N.C. Aquarium At Fort Fisher
One of two hatchling loggerhead sea turtles in the care of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The public is invited to vote for their favorite name on the aquarium’s website through Dec. 3.
(Photo Courtesy N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher)

One of two hatchling loggerhead sea
turtles in the care of the N.C. Aquarium
at Fort Fisher. The public is invited to
vote for their favorite name on the
aquarium’s website through Dec. 3.

(Photo Courtesy N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher)

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Press Release

KURE BEACH — Interested in being on a first-name basis with a hatchling sea turtle? The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites the public to help choose the names for two baby loggerhead sea turtles in aquarium care. 

The public can vote for their favorite name on the aquarium’s website through December 3. Aquarium staff selected five names for the public to choose from: Bubbles, Hatch, Noggin, Pearl and Scute. The two winning names will be announced on Wednesday, December 4.

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 hatchlings that are found in the nest three days after hatching, but do not make the initial trek to the sea.

The turtles receive daily care ensuring their growth and development. They serve as animal ambassadors helping visitors understand the threats faced by vulnerable sea turtles locally and globally.

“Giving these sea turtles a name allows our guests to more deeply connect with the animals and better understand how our actions impact them and other marine animals,” said Gail Lemiec, aquarium educator.

The loggerheads will remain in aquarium care for a little more than a year and will then be released into the Atlantic Ocean. Two yearling loggerheads, Castor and Carretta, who were named last year, will be released soon into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream current.

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About the Aquarium --- The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information: The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 239 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal care, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA:

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources --- The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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