Sea Turtle Blog

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May2015
This week we are meeting Riley, one of our junior volunteers at the aquarium. Volunteers can start when they enter high school. Learn more about our volunteer program here.How old are you?I am 12 years old.How long have you been visiting the aquarium?I have visited on vacation since 2007. After moving here from Ohio in 2010, I attended one ... Read More

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May2015
Memorial Day will be here this weekend. It got us thinking about sea turtles that need to be remembered. Turtles play an important role in their ecosystems. Sea turtles help control jellyfish populations. Land turtles often create habitat for other animals. Aquatic turtles help regulate the nutrient cycles in their habitats. Without turtles, our planet would not be the same. ... Read More

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May2015
The month of May has finally arrived, which means we have approached sea turtle nesting season! Sea turtles nest, or lay eggs, from May through September. Their peak nesting activity takes place in June and July. We have already had four sea turtle mothers come up onto our beaches looking to nest. However, for some unknown reason, they did not ... Read More

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May2015
This week we are hearing from Kristin, currently our Assistant Outreach Instructor, who worked as a Field Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Sea Turtle Project on Bogue Banks.Between 2002 and 2007, the island of Bogue Banks, NC was used as a research site for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Sea Turtle Project. The researchers studied the effects of ... Read More

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Apr2015
This week's blog post comes from Dr. Matthew Godfrey, Sea Turtle Program Coordinator for North Carolina.Five sea turtle species are found in North Carolina waters: loggerheads, green turtles, Kemp’s ridleys, leatherbacks and hawksbills (rarely seen in NC). The first four species lay their eggs on sandy ocean-side beaches in N.C., although more than 95% of all nests found in the state ... Read More

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Apr2015
Beach Etiquette
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by Megan / April 23, 2015 / Blog, Conservation
Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to hit the beach! As much as we like to play in the sand, we need to remember local beaches also serve as sea turtle nesting habitats. Here are easy things you can do to leave the beach a better place for turtles: Watch your trash!Plastic and other trash is very harmful ... Read More

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Apr2015
Hello all Sea Turtle lovers! My name is Aly Mack and I’m an educator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.I’ve always had a love for animals and wanted my career to be about helping them. Therefore, I decided to go to University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and in my spare time I volunteered in the education ... Read More

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Apr2015
This week we are meeting Aquarist Rich.Rich has been a part of the North Carolina Aquarium family for over 14 years. After graduating with a degree in Marine Sciences from Coastal Carolina University, he started in Education at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. He spent two years as a Special Activities Instructor and Educator before moving to Wilmington ... Read More

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