Meet CM06. Wait. What?
Peek into the Cape Fear Shoals, the Aquarium's largest exhibit, to see this gregarious green sea turtle. One minute, the juvenile turtle is observing visitors at the windows. The next it's using a rocky outcropping to give itself a back, er, shell rub. Yet, despite its antics the turtle has officially been known as CM06 for several years.
Obviously, CM06 doesn't stand for "catchy moniker." CM actually stands for Chelonia mydas, the scientific name for greens. The 06 refers to the number of the hatchling when it was excavated from a late season nest found on Emerald Isle in 2010. At that time the animal was suffering from a respiratory infection and additional medical issues. Aquarium staff treated the animal and in their care it has thrived. Now you have a chance to give the sea turtle a name with some character.
Aquarium staff selected three names for the public to vote on: Emerald, Jade and Sheldon. You can vote for your favorite until August 5 here.
Learn more about CM06 and its early days here.
Here are a few facts about green sea turtles you may not know:
- Green sea turtles are threatened in North Carolina and endangered in other parts of the United States.
- Greens hold their breath longer than any of the seven sea turtle species.
- Greens love to bask in the sun. These turtles can often be seen sunning on the beaches in Hawaii and Australia.
- Adult greens live on a vegetarian diet. Eating only plants turns their fat a green color. This is why they are known as greens.