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
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
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
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
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher team is currently caring for two endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. The sea turtles were injured in a recent cold-stunning event in New England. The Aquarium’s Animal Care Team will provide the turtles with special diets and close monitoring for health complications resulting from ...
December 5, 2017Gail Lemiec
Around this time of year, we begin to think about the things for which we are thankful. At the Aquarium, we appreciate all our staff, especially those that work so hard to care for our animals. Below you can read an interview with one of our Aquarists, Carol Richard, who ...
November 21, 2017Gail Lemiec
Hello Everyone! I know I said we would see you in September, but here is a special post about the sea turtle release we helped with recently. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher was honored to assist the The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in the release of sea turtles on Wednesday, ...
July 1, 2017Gail Lemiec
The North Carolina Aquariums and the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center released 17 rehabilitated sea turtles on April 25, 2017. The turtles were released at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and included green sea turtles, loggerheads and Kemp’s Ridley turtles. Most of the turtles came into the STAR ...
May 11, 2017Gail Lemiec