The Florida Aquarium Needs Your Help Naming It's New Sea Turtle

Posted on Mar 19th 2019 by Christie DeNave

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The star of The Florida Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Heart of the Sea, is a juvenile male loggerhead sea turtle that was unable to return to the wild due to an injury. Since he was rescued from the frigid waters off the northeast coast the United States, he has been called Loggerhead Sea Turtle #263. Now that he is settled into his home at The Florida Aquarium, the Aquarium is teaming up with Florida Blue to ask Floridians to help select his name.

Beginning today, Floridians can visit to view photos of the loggerhead sea turtle and vote for the name they think best fits him. All the names were contributed by Hillsborough County elementary school classes and then narrowed down by Aquarium staff. The class who suggested the winning name will win a field trip to The Florida Aquarium to meet the loggerhead sea turtle in person.

The names selected for the final public vote are:

Kekoa (which means ‘the warrior’ in Hawaiian)

  • Shelldon
  • Suds
  • Leonardo
  • Auggie
  • Lenny
  • Colson
  • Winston

The sea turtle, which was ‘cold stunned’ and unable to swim when he was rescued, recovered thanks to The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team. Last year, Florida Blue announced a $250,000 grant to support the Animal Response Team’s work focused on protecting and restoring endangered marine life to create a healthier, natural environment and healthy planet. To learn more about The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team supported by Florida Blue, visit

Floridians may vote once per day. And, as an extra bonus, each day The Florida Aquarium will give away a family four pack of tickets to a random winner who voted that day. Voting will end on March 31, 2019, and the loggerhead sea turtle’s forever name will be announced the following week.

About The Florida Aquarium 

The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment.  It was recently voted a Top 3 Aquarium in North America by the readers of USA Today (May 2018), it’s earned a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Rating (2018) and this year earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator.
 About Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for 75 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company serves more than 5 million health care members across the state. In total, Florida Blue and its affiliated companies serve 27 million people in 34 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


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Christie DeNave

Christie Hyde DeNave is a Senior Media Relations Consultant for Florida Blue devoted to serving Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida. She has worked around the globe with local, national and international media for nearly 20 years representing organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, NASCAR, AAA and the State of Florida. In her free time, you’ll spot Christie cheering on the Clemson Tigers and serving on the Clemson University Alumni Council.

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