Sea Turtle Blog

19

May2016
When sea turtles crawl onto land to lay their eggs, they appear as though they are crying, shedding tears from their eyes. Legend has it that these mother turtles are crying for their unborn young. Actually, these turtles aren’t sad and they aren’t crying. Their bodies are simply shedding excess salt, as well as protecting their eyes from the sand ... Read More

12

May2016
This week we are interviewing Sarah, a local Biologist that works with sea turtles and terrapins.Q: What is your job title and some duties that you do?A: My name is Sarah and I am the Coastal Wildlife Diversity Biologist with Wildlife Resources Commission. My main duty is to serve as the Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator for North Carolina. I also ... Read More

05

May2016
This week we are hearing from a local ocean hero that helps run a great organization that tries to reduce the use of plastic and the harmful affects of marine debris on our ocean habitats and the animals that live in them.My name is Tricia Monteleone. I work mostly behind the scenes for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. (POP, ... Read More

28

Apr2016
Have you ever seen a sign at the beach that read “KEEP OFF DUNES”? Dunes are hills of sand protecting the inland from harsh wind and salty water when tides, floods, or storms occur. These natural buffers not only protect people living on the coast, but provide an important habitat to plants and animals, including sea turtles. Sea turtles actually ... Read More

21

Apr2016
This week, we are hearing from a familiar face, our very own Megan! Megan worked as an Educator at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for many years and is now pursuing a new adventure at NC State University. She is still finding ways to learn about sea turtles and this week she tells us about her adventure with green sea ... Read More

14

Apr2016
An important habitat for many ocean animals, including sea turtles, is coral reef ecosystems. Coral reefs provide a home for animals to take shelter and hide in, and provide many places for animals to find food. Changes in the ocean are causing these sensitive habitats to weaken. Future generations and ocean animals depend on us to protect these habitats. We ... Read More

07

Apr2016
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomed a new exhibit last week, DINOSAURS! Not to worry, these dinosaurs are not real. Massive animatronic beasts will roar, spit and wow visitors in the Aquarium’s outdoor gardens. Some of these extinct prehistoric beasts actually lived alongside sea turtle species that were very similar to ones that live today.Discovered fossils show turtles first ... Read More

24

Mar2016
This week we have a special guest blog, an interview with a Sea Turtle Biologist who works at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, South Carolina.Q: What do you do at the SC Aquarium?My name is Willow Bender. I am a Sea Turtle Biologist at the South Carolina Aquarium and one of four core members of the Sea ... Read More

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