Megan

I am an aquarium educator dedicated to teaching about our role in the environment. I focus on our connection to the ocean and how it impacts our lives.

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Feb2015
Have you enjoyed learning about sea turtles each week? Have you debated using the lessons with your students? Recently the Aquarium hosted a teacher training workshop to give teachers more confidence in using sea turtles to teach STEM.We started by sharing information about why sea turtles are different. You can ... Read More
February 12, 2015Megan
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Jan2015

See You Later Alligator!

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This week we are talking about a relative of the sea turtle: the alligator! Want to know how they're related? Check out our lesson Reptilian Requirements. In North Carolina, we are very lucky to see Alligators in our backyard because we are at the northern part of their range. Alligators ... Read More
January 28, 2015Megan
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Jan2015

Writing About Science

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This week we have a guest post from someone who uses writing to teach about science. Even if you don't think science is your best subject, there are still ways to work with and protect animals like sea turtles.My name is Terri Kirby Hathaway and I am the marine education ... Read More
January 22, 2015Megan
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Jan2015
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Our first blog post for the year features some special guests at the Aquarium. Right now, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is caring for nearly 20 endangered sea turtles. The sea turtles were injured in a mass cold-stunning event along the New ... Read More
January 15, 2015Megan
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Dec2014
My name is Carla and I am a North Carolina Park Ranger at Carolina Beach State Park. As a child I was always playing outside no matter what the weather was like. There were no cell phones or X-Boxes at that time. We had to create our own entertainment.I spent ... Read More
December 11, 2014Megan
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Dec2014
This week we are meeting Jacob, one of our aquarists.Hello, I am Jacob and I work as one of the aquarist at the Aquarium. I am in charge of caring for our 60 pound green sea turtle, Shelldon. I started as a summer camper at the Aquarium when I was ... Read More
December 5, 2014Megan
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Nov2014

Do Turtles Eat Jell-O?

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Does your family serve Jell-O or Jell-O molds for Thanksgiving Dinner? Then you have something in common with the sea turtles at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. When Jell-O was first introduced in the 1800s there were only four flavors: Strawberry, Raspberry, ... Read More
November 20, 2014Megan
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Nov2014

The Diamondback Terrapin

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This week we have a post from UNCW professor, Dr. Amanda Southwood Williard.Sea turtles are not the only reptiles that live in salty habitats. Saltwater crocodiles, marine iguanas and sea snakes make coastal waters their home. There are also several species of semi-aquatic turtles that utilize estuarine or brackish water ... Read More
November 13, 2014Megan
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Nov2014
This week we have a guest post from our Registrar, Casey.Hi, my name is Casey. I have always been grateful to have lived most of my life on the coast of North Carolina. The ocean was my playground and an interactive outdoor classroom, where breaks between body surfing were spent ... Read More
November 6, 2014Megan
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Oct2014

The Ghost Crab

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In the spirit of Halloween, this week we are learning about a sea turtle predator that fits the season: the ghost crab. The Atlantic ghost crab is a sand colored crab with white claws. Like a ghost, they can change colors to better blend in with their surroundings. They are ... Read More
October 30, 2014Megan