Narrowed down from nearly 600 name suggestions, a rescued baby loggerhead on Tybee Island has a new name.
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center asked Facebook followers to submit their suggestions for a hatchling found with five other turtles in a hotel trashcan.
While the others were released back into their home, the newly named hatchling will stay at the center for two years as the ‘Marine Debris Ambassador.”
From 600 to six, here were the top names:
– Reece (short for recycle)
– Sylvia (after Dr. Sylvia Earle the Oceanographer)
– Koa (Hawaiian for brave)
– Caretta (scientific name for loggerhead sea turtle)
– Admiral (name of hotel the hatchling was found in)
The center says about 200 people voted in the poll — and Admiral was chosen as the winner!
They say they are very pleased with the new name because it harkens back to her rescue story.
The six hatchlings were found by employees at the Admiral’s Inn. Tourists reportedly picked up the hatchlings when they were drunk.
The center says Admiral’s name will allow them to incorporate an important message about leaving turtles and nests undisturbed, as loggerheads are threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
They also hope the name will inspire visitors.
“We wanted a female name, and what a great inspiration for the Girl Scouts and other visitors to know that this highest Navy rank can be achieved by women as well as men,” the center explained on Facebook.
Visitors are welcome to stop by and say “Hi” to Admiral. The Marine Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on directions, conservation efforts and more, visit their website here.