Sea Turtle Blog



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 on Kure Beach. The nest hatched on July 22, 2016. The ... Read More
October 6, 2016Casey Radley
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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 summer’s nest will take their place as sea turtle ambassadors. Our ... Read More
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 dark underwater and make it out to sea with no ... Read More
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 salt, as well as protecting their eyes from the sand ... Read More
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 Turtle Stranding Coordinator for North Carolina. I also assist Dr. ... Read More
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 the scenes for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. (POP, Inc.), lining ... Read More
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 to plants and animals, including sea turtles. Sea turtles actually ... Read More
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 week she tells us about her adventure with green sea ... Read More
April 21, 2016Casey Radley