December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A “naughty” 11-stone turtle has been given a new name after moving to Great Yarmouth.
The green sea turtle made Yarmouth Sealife Centre his home in September, after causing mischief in a Belgian Sealife Centre.
And staff say he has calmed down and is enjoying broccoli dinners after the public picked a name for him - Noah.
Countless different names were suggested by visitors to the centre in South Beach Parade, including Snappy and Albert.
The winning name was suggested by Lisa Oakley, who visited the centre with her children Jack, 11, and Jade, 9, in September.
They were visiting from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, but own a holiday home in Scratby and as Merlin Annual Pass holders are regular Sealife Centre visitors.
After Noah was chosen as the winning suggestion, the whole family returned for their prize on November 3.
The prize was the opportunity to join Darren Gook, senior aquarist, above the 250,000 litre ocean tank which houses Noah and the sharks.
Mr Gook splashed the surface of the water and within moments, much to the family’s delight, up came to Noah to be fed his lunch of lettuce and broccoli.
Unruly reptile Noah came to Yarmouth for staff, who have successfully trained sharks, to work their magic on him.
Displays supervisor Christine Pitcher said there were a few sleepless nights when Noah moved in, and her team watched him round the clock.
But staff say Noah soon calmed down.
He shares his new home with a shoal of black-tipped reef sharks, a zebra shark, three nurse sharks and colourful shoaling fish.
Noah - who measures in at more than a metre long - replaces long-standing resident George who died in January.
George, who weighed 6 stone 3lbs, was a firm favourite with staff and visitors alike but had to be put down after suffering fatal kidney failure.