National Aquarium’s New Baby Turtle Has a Name

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turtleloggerA few weeks ago, the National Aquarium turned to crowdsourcing in search of a name for a baby loggerhead turtle. After more than 20,000 entries and 2,000 votes, the winner has been selected.

Sheldon is the baby turtle’s name, the Aquarium announced on Monday. The other four finalist names were Boh, Kai, Ziggy and Snape. But Sheldon reeled in 27 percent of the votes. Ziggy was second with 22 percent, while Snape showed at 18 percent.

Initially rescued in North Carolina in November, Sheldon will be the Aquarium for a year at the Coastal Beach exhibit. Then, he will be released back into the wild.

Three other turtles currently under the Aquarium’s care received new names in the process. Ed, Franklin and Henry were all submitted names for the baby loggerhead contest in memory of loved ones. Though they did not win the popular vote, the Aquarium wanted to honor the memory of each namesake.


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