PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Mar. 11, 2014 – Join the furry fun Saturday, April 5, and salute three of the Aquarium’s favorite residents – river otters Neuse, Pungo and Eno. The annual Otter Birthday Bash celebrates the fun-loving creatures and the conservation success stories of their species. Activities are free with admission or membership. Wish the otters well, sign their big birthday card and watch them enjoy otter-oriented birthday gifts and ice cakes only otters could love. Explore more about otters with playful crafts and programs, and enjoy a slideshow of otters in action. The photos include Eno’s story, which inspired the annual celebration. Eno arrived at the Aquarium in 2008 as an orphaned infant, needing round-the-clock care. As he […]
Aquariums in North Carolina
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Mar. 7, 2014 N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island art exhibition “Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett” March 7–-July 7, 2014 The Gypsy Fish Wife, Musical Lute Fish, Jules the Giant Squid, the Carolina Card Shark, and a host of other fabulous creatures have taken up residence in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island Nautilus Art Gallery through July 7, 2014. Inspired by the ocean, literature, and the artist’s lifelong interest in cross-cultural mythology and crafted from recycled materials, paint, glitter, seashells and love, seventeen sea creatures by Outer Banks artist Carol Willett are delighting guests with a romp through Enchanted Seas of visual puns and near-magical art. Surrounded by her creations on every wall […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 26, 2014 – Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1. Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under. The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state aquarium facilities. “These increases will allow the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.” The aquariums last […]
KURE BEACH, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – A toothy resident of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher moved to new digs in mid-February and acquired a few new roommates, too. Luna, an albino alligator, still makes her home at the popular attraction, but now resides in the habitat traditionally reserved for natural-colored American alligators. Luna, who previously lived alone, joined two females and one male alligator, sharing a large swimming area and lounging space. Visitors can watch as Luna and her new friends swim and float right up to three large windows, allowing all to clearly see her beautiful alabaster features from nostril to tail. “Luna’s transition to her new space has gone well,” said Aquarium Curator Hap Fatzinger. “All […]
KURE BEACH, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is recognized as a green travel attraction by the NC GreenTravel Initiative. The Aquarium received the highest level of recognition, a three dogwood flower rating, for its commitment to the environment and conservation. From utilities to purchasing, education to transportation, the Aquarium’s business practices were evaluated and met the program’s highest standards for a sustainable tourism business. The NC GreenTravel Initiative is a free program of the North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service open to lodgings, restaurants, parks, attractions or other travel-oriented businesses. Tourism businesses submit an application and receive a score based on the various sustainable practices they’ve implemented. The three-tiered recognition program helps […]
KURE BEACH, NC Feb. 15, 2014 – The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts the second annual Whale of a Weekend 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2. Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale’s family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more. In addition, marine mammal experts from around the state share their knowledge and experience. All the fun and discovery of Whale of a Weekend is free with Aquarium admission.
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 14, 2014 – Lots of school groups and children are planning trips to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The attached video link shows the anticipation and excitement of one of the groups that visited recently. I think you will agree, they had lots of fun! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island from Max Media NC on Vimeo.
PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Feb. 12, 2014 – Due to weather and road conditions, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has delayed opening to the public until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Visitors are urged to use caution and watch for icy patches on the sideroads, in the parking lot and on the walkways approaching the Aquarium. If conditions deteriorate during the afternoon, please call 252-247-4003 to check for changes in the operating hours for today.
PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Feb. 7, 2014 – Reel in some insider tips and new techniques with the Get Hooked Fishing School at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The one-day course on Saturday, March 8, features presentations from the pros on many topics and types of fishing. Participants can choose up to four sessions from the schedule that includes the following: Shallow-water sight casting - John Mauser Fishing near shore structure - Jeff Cronk Striped bass on the Roanoke and Pamlico rivers – Mitchel Blake Redfish and speckled trout - Rennie Clark Trophy red drum on the Neuse River - Gary Dubiel Spring fishing for cobia and Hatteras blues – Bryan Goodwin Offshore bottom fishing - Chesson O’Briant Offshore trolling – Mark Henderson In addition, […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 4, 2014 – The Dare County Friends of Youth (DCFY) mentoring program matches at-risk youth between the ages of 6 – 17 with caring adult volunteers who serve as role models and friends. The young people involved in the program are referred by various community and school sources, as well as by parents or guardians. Adult volunteer mentors provide the youths with one-on-one time, at least eight hours each month for one year, in activities that build self-esteem, strong character and friendship, helping the youth to strengthen times at home, at school and in the community. In addition to one-on-one time spent together, the program also provides opportunities throughout the year to participate in group activities. […]