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 ...
November 19, 2015Casey Radley
We know how many sea turtle nests are laid each year and on which beaches. But do you ever wonder how many of those nests were laid by the same mother turtle? Luckily, there are scientists doing research to find out. Sea turtle groups in North Carolina, along with South ...
November 12, 2015Casey Radley
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 ...
November 5, 2015Casey Radley
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 ...
October 29, 2015Casey Radley
Turtles are famously known for their shells. This hard structure, also known as a carapace, gives them protection in the wild and can help sea turtles camouflage in the ocean. Sea turtles also provide a service with their shells for other animals in the ocean. Many animals use sea turtle ...
October 22, 2015Casey Radley
Do you remember our post on Junebug, the sea turtle with three flippers? Well, today we have a guest post all about Calypso! Calypso is also a sea turtle with three flippers that lives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. We were lucky enough to talk with Jackie who ...
October 15, 2015Casey Radley
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 ...
October 8, 2015Casey Radley
Nesting season is coming to a close, but not without record nesting numbers! Take a look at last summer’s nests compared with this past summer’s nests on the beaches near the Aquarium: In fact, Fort Fisher had 33 more nests than its previous high record back in 2012. High sea turtle ...
October 1, 2015Casey Radley
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomed two new hatchling loggerhead sea turtles last month! Our new additions will serve as the upcoming year’s sea turtle ambassadors and help educate visitors about their cousins in the wild. The hatchlings came from a nest located on Fort Fisher’s State Recreation Area. The ...
September 24, 2015Casey Radley
Sea turtle hatchlings that came into our care last August are now yearlings. Many of you have followed their progress and growth. Soon they will be ready for release into the wild, after receiving the all clear from Aquarium veterinarian staff. To look back on the measurements of our 2014-2015 hatchlings, ...
September 17, 2015Casey Radley