Not long ago we introduced you to our first California sea lion pup born at Georgia Aquarium. Well, this little girl is one month old today! With a milestone like that, naming our wee one has taken some serious thought.

She may only be 30 days old, but that’s more than enough time to show her mom, Edith (Edi), and trainers her unique – and sassy – personality. Her animal care team also notes that she has a streak of independence and can be seen exploring her surroundings away from mom on occasion, albeit awkwardly.

With her clever personality and unique distinction as the first sea lion pup born in Atlanta, we wanted to give her a name fitting of both of these things. After careful consideration, we’ve decided on a name for our newest little sea lion:


She is named after Scarlett O’Hara, from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, “Gone With the Wind” and the 1939 movie adaptation which premiered in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. Known for her intelligence, independence, and undeniable charm, the character of Scarlett was also born and raised in Georgia.  

“After getting to know Scarlett over the last month, her personality really resonated with all of us,” said Will Elgar, director of animal training, pinnipeds, at Georgia Aquarium. “We wanted to tie back to the great city we call home with a name that also attributed to her personality traits. I think we’ve found something just as iconic and star-studded with Scarlett, as our first sea lion pup born in Atlanta.”

Scarlett was born on October 30, 2017 to resident California sea lion, Edith. She has met many milestones like nursing successfully and finding her ‘roar!’ Sea lions are able to vocalize almost immediately after birth and soon Scarlett will be able to swim on her own without assistance from mom.

“We are looking forward to seeing her continue to grow and what she has in store for us over the coming months!” said Elgar.

Scarlett will continue to grow and learn from mom, Edi, in a behind the scenes area of the Aquarium. To follow along with Scarlett and all of our animals, follow Georgia Aquarium on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram