As the weather turns colder in the winter months, people head indoors or bundle up in appropriate gear. Animals have their own way of dealing with dropping temperatures. Some migrate to warmer weather and more abundant food sources, while some sleep through the cold. Others stay active and go about ...
December 1, 2018Gail Lemiec
During the late summer and early fall, people flock to the beach to vacation and take advantage of seasonally warm ocean temperatures. However, those water temperatures also help create conditions to fuel destructive hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year, coinciding with sea turtle nesting season. ...
November 6, 2018Gail Lemiec
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Central America as an Educator of Excellence for the Tropical Ecology Institute. This course is facilitated by the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and takes twelve North Carolina educators to Belize to experience different ecosystems and cultures. North Carolina and Belize ...
October 12, 2018Gail Lemiec
Hello everyone and welcome back to another school year! We are busy here at the Aquarium with our yearling sea turtles. They are getting bigger and we are preparing for their release later this fall. We are also caring for two new hatchlings. If you are following along with our ...
September 5, 2018Gail Lemiec
Endangered Species Day is annually celebrated nationally on or around May 18. This day allows us to recognize our protected species while celebrating conservation successes. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host an Endangered Species Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Special programs and activities will be happening throughout ...
May 8, 2018Gail Lemiec
We have known for a while that our climate is changing and people influence it. What we do not know for certain is how species will react to the changing climate. This has been the focus of many recent research studies and scientists are starting to put together trends. Sea ...
April 18, 2018Gail Lemiec
The Weeki Wachee mermaids once again visited the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The mermaids spent the first two weekends in March entertaining guests, diving in the Cape Fear Shoals, and sharing their love for the ocean. While guests certainly came out to see the mermaids, they also had ...
March 24, 2018Gail Lemiec
As Valentine’s Day approaches, people are inundated with flowers, chocolate, and heart-shaped everything. This holiday is made for wooing a potential partner, and as such, is often steeped in high expectations. While high expectations certainly exist in the rest of the animal kingdom, they are not met with candy hearts ...
February 13, 2018Gail Lemiec
Happy January everyone! This month we are shining a spotlight on an educator. Andi recently participated in a Sea Turtle Exploration workshop at the Aquarium and used some of the curriculum with her students. Learn more about her below! Name Andi Webb Subject/Grade level taught I teach K-5th grade remediation in all subject areas. ...
January 26, 2018Gail Lemiec
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher recently hosted some holiday guests for our Santa by the Sea event. Santa Claus, with his jolly demeanor and a sparkle in his eyes, was the main draw. He welcomed visitors, listened to children’s requests, and even dove in the Cape Fear Shoals. ...
December 20, 2017Gail Lemiec