You may be familiar with the sea turtle species native to the North Carolina coast, including the loggerhead, green, Kemp’s ridley, hawksbill, and leatherback. Yet there are actually two other species: the olive ridley and the flatback. This makes a total of 7 sea turtle species and all are threatened ...
December 8, 2016Casey Radley
On October 19, 2016, two loggerhead sea turtles were released to the Atlantic Ocean after receiving care for more than a year at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The hatchlings arrived in August 2015 weighing approximately 3 ounces, about the size of an Oreo cookie. The turtles served as animal ...
November 10, 2016Casey Radley
As every year before, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomed two more sea turtle hatchlings to our family this past summer. These hatchlings will serve as the upcoming year’s sea turtle ambassadors once our yearlings are released into the ocean. The hatchlings came from a loggerhead sea turtle nest located ...
October 6, 2016Casey Radley
Welcome back to another school year with Sea Turtle Exploration. Over the summer, our sea turtle hatchlings turned into yearlings. They have continued to grow with the supervision of staff and veterinarian care. Soon, they will be released into the ocean and our new sea turtle hatchlings born from this ...
September 8, 2016Casey Radley
We are wrapping up another year on Sea Turtle Exploration and what a great year it has been! We released last year’s hatchlings and welcomed new ones, helped nurse cold-stunned sea turtles back to health, met a three-flippered sea turtle named Calypso and discovered that sea turtles can glow in the ...
May 26, 2016Casey Radley
When sea turtles crawl onto land to lay their eggs, they appear as though they are crying, shedding tears from their eyes. Legend has it that these mother turtles are crying for their unborn young. Actually, these turtles aren’t sad and they aren’t crying. Their bodies are simply shedding excess ...
May 19, 2016Casey Radley
This week we are interviewing Sarah, a local Biologist that works with sea turtles and terrapins. Q: What is your job title and some duties that you do? A: My name is Sarah and I am the Coastal Wildlife Diversity Biologist with Wildlife Resources Commission. My main duty is to serve as the Sea ...
May 12, 2016Casey Radley
This week we are hearing from a local ocean hero that helps run a great organization that tries to reduce the use of plastic and the harmful affects of marine debris on our ocean habitats and the animals that live in them. My name is Tricia Monteleone. I work mostly behind ...
May 5, 2016Casey Radley
Have you ever seen a sign at the beach that read “KEEP OFF DUNES”? Dunes are hills of sand protecting the inland from harsh wind and salty water when tides, floods, or storms occur. These natural buffers not only protect people living on the coast, but provide an important habitat ...
April 28, 2016Casey Radley
This week, we are hearing from a familiar face, our very own Megan! Megan worked as an Educator at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for many years and is now pursuing a new adventure at NC State University. She is still finding ways to learn about sea turtles and this ...
April 21, 2016Casey Radley