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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This week we have a guest post about a three-flippered turtle nesting off of the Coast of North Carolina. My name is Chelsea Adams. I am the sea turtle monitoring assistant for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. It is my job to patrol Masonboro Island daily ... Read More
October 23, 2014Megan
S.T.A.R. Logo Color – for Light Backgrounds


  A 93-pound loggerhead sea turtle is hoisted out of its holding tank onto an examination table. It’s time to clean and checkup on an injury on the rear-right of its shell. The table is rolled into the examination room, where visitors watch the process through a viewing window, listen as ... Read More
October 16, 2014Megan



Plastic Oceans

This week, we hear from Bonnie Monteleone from Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. Her ocean plastic art will be showcased at the Aquarium until December. Learn more about her work here. Art is universally engaging.  We do not even need to speak the same language to understand the message an artist wants to share.  ... Read More
October 9, 2014Megan
Andy with Hatchling


This week we have a guest post from our Outreach Coordinator, Andy! Have you ever been working on a project and thought, “When will I ever use this?” My middle school science project turned into my dream career! In the 7th grade, I created a project about Turtle Excluder Devices, which ... Read More
October 2, 2014Megan
Vet Visit


Have you met our sea turtle ambassadors? When you visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, you will meet a loggerhead hatchling educating our visitors about sea turtles. The hatchling stays at the Aquarium for a little more than a year as they grow big and strong. On August ... Read More
September 25, 2014Megan
Judy measuring hatchling


Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to care for sea turtles. Today’s Sea Turtle Spotlight is Judy, an Aquarium volunteer who helps care for our loggerhead sea turtles. Judy has been volunteering at the Aquarium since she retired to Kure Beach in ... Read More
September 18, 2014Megan
Releasing a Sea Turtle


For Julie, a normal day at the Aquarium includes caring for alligators, stingrays and hatchling sea turtles. After getting her feet wet as a volunteer while a student at UNCW, Julie later became the lead aquarist in charge of many of the reptiles and amphibians at the NC Aquarium at ... Read More
September 11, 2014Megan
Carol walking womble down the beach (1)


What would you do for an opportunity to work with sea turtles every day? Working with sea turtles is part of what Carol, a member of the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s husbandry staff, does for a living. Carol cares for sea turtles, alligators, amphibians and even stingrays each day. Carol ... Read More
September 4, 2014Megan
Shelldon, the green sea turtle


Have you ever wanted to be a marine biologist? What animal would you want to study? Dolphins? Sea Turtles? Sharks? My name is Megan and I am an Education Program Specialist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and I get to learn about them all! I decided in middle ... Read More
August 28, 2014Megan


A hidden nest, a perilous trek, a temporary home and a Coast Guard escort make the successful release of two loggerhead sea turtles by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher quite an epic tale. The sea turtles began their journey in August 2012, when they hatched in an undiscovered ... Read More
March 31, 2014Megan