Sea Turtle Blog

cold stunned turtle


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, ... Read More
December 1, 2018Gail Lemiec
hurricane florence


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 ... Read More
November 6, 2018Gail Lemiec


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 ... Read More
October 12, 2018Gail Lemiec
donna updated


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 ... Read More
September 5, 2018Gail Lemiec
dotted sea turtle


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 ... Read More
May 8, 2018Gail Lemiec


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 ... Read More
April 18, 2018Gail Lemiec
victoria and shelldon


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 ... Read More
March 24, 2018Gail Lemiec


As Valentine’s Day approaches, people are inundated with flowers, chocolate, and heart-shaped everything. This holiday is made for wooing a potential partner, and as such, is often steeped in high expectations. While high expectations certainly exist in the rest of the animal kingdom, they are not met with candy hearts and flowers . Instead, impressive bouts of display and feats ... Read More
February 13, 2018Gail Lemiec