Category: Conservation

2TurtleTruama2016

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Jan2016

Caring for Cold Critters

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You may have heard about all of the cold-stunned turtles rescued off of North Carolina’s coast in early January. There were as many as 600 sea turtles in need of help after becoming cold-stunned. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is lending a helping hand to the sea turtle rescue ... Read More
January 28, 2016Casey Radley
ShelldonAndShark

19

Nov2015

Sharks and Sea Turtles

This week, we are hearing from Emily, one of our Aquarists who works with sharks! You may be wondering what sharks have to do with sea turtles. Read on to find out. At the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, I have the opportunity to do many different jobs relating to ... Read More
November 19, 2015Casey Radley
seaturtlereleaseoffshore

05

Nov2015

Traveling Turtles

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Two hatchling sea turtles arrived at the Aquarium in August 2014. After a year as animal ambassadors, helping to educate nearly 450,000 visitors (and many of you, as well) about sea turtles, they were released last week in  the Atlantic Ocean. They weren’t the only sea turtles returned to their ... Read More
November 5, 2015Casey Radley

29

Oct2015

Green Halloween

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Halloween is here and with it comes lots of candy, costumes, and decorations. Guess what else comes with all of those festive finds? Plastic and waste! Our sea turtle friends in the ocean may not celebrate Halloween, but they certainly feel the effects of it if our trash and waste ... Read More
October 29, 2015Casey Radley

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Oct2015

Glowing in the Dark

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Have you heard the exciting news? The first biofluorescent reptile was discovered this week! A hawksbill sea turtle! Biofluorescence is a big word meaning the ability for an animal to absorb light and then produce it (show it) as a different color. In addition to the hawksbill sea turtle being ... Read More
October 8, 2015Casey Radley
yearling

27

Aug2015

Summer Wrap Up!

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Welcome back to school! We had such a great summer here at the Aquarium and are so excited to start the upcoming school year. Before we dive into the fall, let’s wrap up this past summer! In June, the Aquarium helped release sea turtles back into the ocean with the Karen ... Read More
August 27, 2015Casey Radley
release

11

Jun2015

Sea Turtle Release

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This week we are bringing you a surprise bonus post! Enjoy reading about a sea turtle release we helped out with last week. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher was honored to help with the annual sea turtle release with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail ... Read More
June 11, 2015Casey Radley
Print

21

May2015
Memorial Day will be here this weekend. It got us thinking about sea turtles that need to be remembered. Turtles play an important role in their ecosystems. Sea turtles help control jellyfish populations. Land turtles often create habitat for other animals. Aquatic turtles help regulate the nutrient cycles in their ... Read More
May 21, 2015Megan

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May2015

True or False?

The month of May has finally arrived, which means we have approached sea turtle nesting season! Sea turtles nest, or lay eggs, from May through September. Their peak nesting activity takes place in June and July. We have already had four sea turtle mothers come up onto our beaches looking ... Read More
May 14, 2015Casey Radley
turtle tracks

23

Apr2015

Beach Etiquette

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Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to hit the beach! As much as we like to play in the sand, we need to remember local beaches also serve as sea turtle nesting habitats. Here are easy things you can do to leave the beach a better place ... Read More
April 23, 2015Megan