Sea Turtle Blog

Andy with Hatchling


This week we have a guest post from our Outreach Coordinator, Andy! Have you ever been working on a project and thought, “When will I ever use this?” My middle school science project turned into my dream career! In the 7th grade, I created a project about Turtle Excluder Devices, which are used to help sea turtles escape when they are ... Read More
October 2, 2014Megan
Vet Visit


Have you met our sea turtle ambassadors? When you visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, you will meet a loggerhead hatchling educating our visitors about sea turtles. The hatchling stays at the Aquarium for a little more than a year as they grow big and strong. On August 18 we welcomed two new hatchlings into our collection. Once ... Read More
September 25, 2014Megan
Judy measuring hatchling


Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to care for sea turtles. Today’s Sea Turtle Spotlight is Judy, an Aquarium volunteer who helps care for our loggerhead sea turtles. Judy has been volunteering at the Aquarium since she retired to Kure Beach in 1997. When asked why she began volunteering at the Aquarium, ... Read More
September 18, 2014Megan
Releasing a Sea Turtle


For Julie, a normal day at the Aquarium includes caring for alligators, stingrays and hatchling sea turtles. After getting her feet wet as a volunteer while a student at UNCW, Julie later became the lead aquarist in charge of many of the reptiles and amphibians at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. “I enjoy the challenges and rewards of caring ... Read More
September 11, 2014Megan
Carol walking womble down the beach (1)


What would you do for an opportunity to work with sea turtles every day? Working with sea turtles is part of what Carol, a member of the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s husbandry staff, does for a living. Carol cares for sea turtles, alligators, amphibians and even stingrays each day. Carol started at the Aquarium as a volunteer when she was ... Read More
September 4, 2014Megan
Shelldon, the green sea turtle


Have you ever wanted to be a marine biologist? What animal would you want to study? Dolphins? Sea Turtles? Sharks? My name is Megan and I am an Education Program Specialist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and I get to learn about them all! I decided in middle school I wanted to be a marine biologist. I dreamed ... Read More
August 28, 2014Megan


A hidden nest, a perilous trek, a temporary home and a Coast Guard escort make the successful release of two loggerhead sea turtles by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher quite an epic tale. The sea turtles began their journey in August 2012, when they hatched in an undiscovered dune nest in Kure Beach. Instead of heading to sea ... Read More
March 31, 2014Megan


The green sea turtle spent Friday morning swimming near a round observation window at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Eager visitors snapped photos, while small children pressed faces to glass to get eye-to-eye with the animal. There was no way for the turtle to know a big announcement was only minutes away. Soon dozens of Aquarium guests gathered at ... Read More
March 31, 2014Megan