Today we are bringing you a bonus blog post in order to introduce to you our brand new Educator. We are so excited to have Gail join our Education team at the Aquarium: Hello everyone! My name is Gail and I am the Visitor Experiences Coordinator—a new, full-time Education team member ...
March 24, 2017Casey Radley
Many organizations that promote ocean health use sea turtles to represent their cause. This is in part because of the trouble they face as endangered animals. Throughout history, many cultures adopted sea turtles as symbols for many different themes as well. Because of their long lifespan, sea turtles often symbolize ...
March 9, 2017Casey Radley
You may know sea turtles love to eat jellyfish. Have you ever wondered how a sea turtle can eat a jelly without being harmed? If you’ve ever been stung by a jellyfish, you know it can be painful. Sea turtles have special adaptations to protect them from sea jelly venom ...
February 9, 2017Casey Radley
Do you like to eat seafood? One of many people’s favorites is shrimp. The shrimp industry not only provides us with delicious and nutritious food, but it is an important economic resource to North Carolina. Shrimp boats drag nets in coastal water to collect the sea creatures for food. Unfortunately, ...
January 12, 2017Casey Radley
You may be familiar with the sea turtle species native to the North Carolina coast, including the loggerhead, green, Kemp’s ridley, hawksbill, and leatherback. Yet there are actually two other species: the olive ridley and the flatback. This makes a total of 7 sea turtle species and all are threatened ...
December 8, 2016Casey Radley
On October 19, 2016, two loggerhead sea turtles were released to the Atlantic Ocean after receiving care for more than a year at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The hatchlings arrived in August 2015 weighing approximately 3 ounces, about the size of an Oreo cookie. The turtles served as animal ...
November 10, 2016Casey Radley
As every year before, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomed two more sea turtle hatchlings to our family this past summer. These hatchlings will serve as the upcoming year’s sea turtle ambassadors once our yearlings are released into the ocean. The hatchlings came from a loggerhead sea turtle nest located ...
October 6, 2016Casey Radley
Welcome back to another school year with Sea Turtle Exploration. Over the summer, our sea turtle hatchlings turned into yearlings. They have continued to grow with the supervision of staff and veterinarian care. Soon, they will be released into the ocean and our new sea turtle hatchlings born from this ...
September 8, 2016Casey Radley
We are wrapping up another year on Sea Turtle Exploration and what a great year it has been! We released last year’s hatchlings and welcomed new ones, helped nurse cold-stunned sea turtles back to health, met a three-flippered sea turtle named Calypso and discovered that sea turtles can glow in the ...
May 26, 2016Casey Radley
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 ...
May 19, 2016Casey Radley