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TAMPA, Fla. – Last month, The Florida Aquarium and Florida Blue sought the public’s help in choosing a name for the star of the Aquarium’s Heart of the Sea exhibit, a juvenile male loggerhead sea turtle that was unable to be returned to the wild due to an injury. Hillsborough County elementary school students suggested names, and Floridians from across the state weighed in on their favorite.
After thousands of votes were cast, Loggerhead Sea Turtle #263 now has a forever name – Shelldon. The name was suggested by fifth graders at Kimbell Elementary School in Michael Schmitt’s class, which will receive a field trip to The Florida Aquarium to meet Shelldon in person.
Shelldon, who 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. Click here to learn more about The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team.
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 Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Rating (2018) and this year earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and Platinum Level Participant of Guidestar.
About Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for nearly 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 16 million people in 29 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.