The Virginia Living Museum has a new loggerhead sea turtle — and the museum wants you to help name it.
The museum has culled a list of names suggested by its followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but is leaving the final choice up to the public. Votes can be cast on the museum’s website, its Facebook page or at the kiosk in the lobby of the museum at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News.
Voting ends Aug. 8.
While the public is being asked to vote on an official name for the turtle, it is still too early to determine its gender because loggerheads take about 15 years to reach sexual maturity, the museum said.
The turtle, which is 2 years old, came to the museum in November 2017, when it was transferred from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. At the time, the loggerhead weighed 15 pounds, so it was kept behind the scenes to allow it to gain at least another 10 pounds before being introduced into the the museum’s 30,000-gallon Chesapeake Bay aquarium, the museum said.
By June, the turtle weighed 33 pounds and it joined other species native to Virginia — including a sandbar shark — in the aquarium. The turtle will be on display until it matures enough to be released back into the wild, the museum said.