Tag: conservation

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Oct2015

Glowing in the Dark

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October 8, 2015
Have you heard the exciting news? The first biofluorescent reptile was discovered this week! A hawksbill sea turtle! Biofluorescence is a big word meaning the ability for an animal to absorb light and then produce it (show it) as a different color. In addition to the hawksbill sea turtle being ... Read More

10

Sep2015
This week we are interviewing Jessica, a teen volunteer at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, about her experience traveling to Costa Rica to study nesting leatherback sea turtles.Q: What is your past experience with sea turtles?A: My experience with sea turtles began in the fourth grade with a school ... Read More

03

Sep2015
This week we are featuring a guest post from our Volunteer Coordinator, Dan, who traveled to Costa Rica this summer to study nesting leatherback sea turtles.Is that a Volkswagen Beetle up ahead in the surf? Walking the beach in driving rain, the pitch black night interrupted only by the blinding ... Read More

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Aug2015

Summer Wrap Up!

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August 27, 2015
Welcome back to school! We had such a great summer here at the Aquarium and are so excited to start the upcoming school year. Before we dive into the fall, let’s wrap up this past summer!In June, the Aquarium helped release sea turtles back into the ocean with the Karen ... Read More

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Jun2015

Sea Turtle Release

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June 11, 2015
This week we are bringing you a surprise bonus post! Enjoy reading about a sea turtle release we helped out with last week.The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher was honored to help with the annual sea turtle release with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail ... Read More

21

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 ... Read More

14

May2015

True or False?

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May 14, 2015
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 ... Read More

30

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 ... Read More

23

Apr2015

Beach Etiquette

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April 23, 2015
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 ... Read More

02

Apr2015
This week we are learning about Cape Fear River Watch, a group that helps protect our sea turtles by protecting the waters that lead to their habitat in the ocean.Cape Fear River Watch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the Lower Cape Fear River Basin ... Read More

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