Category: Guest Posts




Diving with Shelldon

This week we have a guest post from our Assistant Dive Safety Officer, Kathy, who regularly dives in our Cape Fear Shoals exhibit where our green sea turtle, Shelldon, lives. There are always sharks, eels, and lots of fish to observe when I go diving in the Cape Fear Shoals exhibit ... Read More
March 19, 2015Casey Radley
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This week we are meeting Alyssa to learn about caring for sea turtles in the wild. Hi there! My name is Alyssa and I am a Park Ranger at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. I’m not originally from North Carolina. I moved here from Pennsylvania about 4 years ago for an ... Read More
February 26, 2015Megan


This week we are meeting Justin, a sea turtle researcher who used to work here at the Aquarium. Justin Perrault here from Mote Marine Laboratory. I am currently Mote’s head marine turtle researcher looking at the effects of contaminants and natural toxins on the health and reproductive success of nesting loggerhead ... Read More
February 5, 2015Casey Radley



Writing About Science

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


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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The Diamondback Terrapin

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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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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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
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  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