#39: Many People Ask - What's in a Name?

Our visitors often ask if we name our animals. The answer is yes and no. With over 600 individual animals in the Giant Ocean Tank, it would be impossible to name them all, but we do name our sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Here are the names of some of our more prominent animals in the GOT.

This is Carolina, one of our loggerhead sea turtles. She was named for the many loggerhead nesting beaches in the Carolinas.

This is Retread, another loggerhead sea turtle. Retread came to us through our rescue and rehab department. When found, she was so lethargic due to a condition known as cold stunned, that she was thought to be dead. Luckily one of the biologists noticed a faint flipper movement and she was saved. According to Mirriam-Webster, the word "retread" means to press back into service or to make over as if new.

This is Scute, our Kemp's ridley sea turtle. She was named for the individual plates on a sea turtle's shell, which are called scutes.

Our three sand tiger sharks, Judith, Markham and Galilee. Judith (Point Judith) and Galilee are named after harbor communities in Rhode Island where sand tiger sharks can be found. Markham is named after the Markham 75FSW, a sunken ship that is part of North Carolina's artificial reef program. Sand tiger sharks are commonly seen in the area. The first shark in the frame is Judith, then Markham and finally Galilee.

This video shows our Southern stingrays, Daisy and Ripley. Daisy got her name from the scientific word for southern stingray, Dasyatis americana. Ripley was named after the institution she came from; Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The first ray is Daisy, the second is Ripley.

And last but certainly not least, Myrtle will always be Myrtle.


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