Logan Thompson traveled across the country from his remote Alaska community with a top priority -- to meet an orphaned northern fur seal pup he named last year in a school contest before it found a home in Boston.

The 12-year-old boy from tiny Sand Point near Alaska's Aleutian Islands initiated the appointment with 11-month old Chiidax this week at the New England Aquarium soon after he arrived to visit East Coast relatives.

He says he wanted to see if the pup was healthy and had a good home. He and other relatives got a behind-the-scenes look Thursday at Chiidax, an Aleut word for "small, young animal."

Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse says Thompson and his sister, Madison, got to interact with adult fur seals during a public presentation.