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Sea Life's New Resident Gets "Rock Star" Welcome

Nov 20, 2014 03:59PM ● By Jason Huddle
CONCORD – Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium welcomed its newest sea creature, a shovelnose guitarfish, with a celebratory release and naming ceremony. The shovelnose guitarfish, recognized by its pointed snout and guitar-shaped body, was named after Anberlin, a Billboard charting alternative rock band. 

Members of Anberlin were on site at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord for the guitarfish’s transfer and release into her new display tank. In town for their Nov. 21 concert at The Fillmore, Anberlin is currently in the midst of their nearly sold-out final tour, after announcing in January that they would be disbanding.

“The band is excited to share its name with such an interesting sea creature,” said Kyle Griner, Anberlin’s General Manager. “It’s a fun way for the band to celebrate their final show in North Carolina."

Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will donate a portion of ticket sales during the week of Nov. 24 to Anberlin’s chosen charity, the Suncoast  of Surfrider Foundation. Passionate about ocean and beach conservation, the Florida-based band chose Surfrider Foundation because of the organization’s dedication to the protection of ocean ecosystems against plastic waste, urban run-off and offshore drilling.

“We are thrilled to partner with Anberlin to celebrate our new guitarfish with a musical tribute,” said Trisha Ruf, General Manager at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord. “The band’s shared enthusiasm for the protection and conservation of marine life is also a perfect fit for Sea Life.”

The shovelnose guitarfish is a member of the ray family but is commonly mistaken for a shark because of its long tail and dorsal fins. A peaceful creature, the shovelnose guitarfish is generally found swimming along the bottom of the coastal seafloor. Visitors can see Anberlin, the guitarfish, in the Bay of Rays exhibit. Tickets can be purchased for as low as $14 online at


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