Follow along with our loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings as they grow throughout the time they are with us. Each summer, we bring in two hatchlings that are not strong enough to make it out of their nest. They are cared for at the Aquarium and released back in the ocean the following fall.
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 their business, like sea turtles. However, since they are reptiles, ...
During the late summer and early fall, people flock to the beach to vacation and take advantage of seasonally warm ocean temperatures. However, those water temperatures also help create conditions to fuel destructive hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year, coinciding with sea turtle nesting season. When a hurricane threatens, people make plans to protect life ...
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 are separated by more than 2,000 miles; however, there are ...
Hello everyone and welcome back to another school year! We are busy here at the Aquarium with our yearling sea turtles. They are getting bigger and we are preparing for their release later this fall. We are also caring for two new hatchlings. If you are following along with our older turtles, look here for updated measurements. If you would ...
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 the day for visitors to connect with some of the ...
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 turtles, and other reptiles, do not have sex chromosomes like ...
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 the opportunity to engage in special mermaid and pirate themed ...