Sea Turtle Blog



Welcome back to school! We had such a great summer here at the Aquarium and are so excited to start the upcoming school year. Before we dive into the fall, let’s wrap up this past summer! In June, the Aquarium helped release sea turtles back into the ocean with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. You can read ... Read More
August 27, 2015Casey Radley


This week we are bringing you a surprise bonus post! Enjoy reading about a sea turtle release we helped out with last week. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher was honored to help with the annual sea turtle release with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach. These sea turtles were found sick at sea for ... Read More
June 11, 2015Casey Radley


Summer Vacation
by Megan / / Sea Turtles
Summer is around the corner. Sea turtles are already coming ashore to lay nests. You can keep track of how many nests are laid in your area using's nesting data base. Here are links to current nests near the Aquarium: Carolina Beach: 1 nest Kure Beach: 2 nests Fort Fisher: 8 nests Bald Head: 12 nests Hopefully this year’s season will be better than last ... Read More
June 4, 2015Megan


This week we are meeting Riley, one of our junior volunteers at the aquarium. Volunteers can start when they enter high school. Learn more about our volunteer program here. How old are you? I am 12 years old. How long have you been visiting the aquarium? I have visited on vacation since 2007. After moving here from Ohio in 2010, I attended one year of ... Read More
May 28, 2015Megan


Memorial Day will be here this weekend. It got us thinking about sea turtles that need to be remembered. Turtles play an important role in their ecosystems. Sea turtles help control jellyfish populations. Land turtles often create habitat for other animals. Aquatic turtles help regulate the nutrient cycles in their habitats. Without turtles, our planet would not be the same. ... Read More
May 21, 2015Megan


The month of May has finally arrived, which means we have approached sea turtle nesting season! Sea turtles nest, or lay eggs, from May through September. Their peak nesting activity takes place in June and July. We have already had four sea turtle mothers come up onto our beaches looking to nest. However, for some unknown reason, they did not ... Read More
May 14, 2015Casey Radley


This week we are hearing from Kristin, currently our Assistant Outreach Instructor, who worked as a Field Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Sea Turtle Project on Bogue Banks. Between 2002 and 2007, the island of Bogue Banks, NC was used as a research site for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Sea Turtle Project. The researchers studied the effects of ... Read More
May 7, 2015Casey Radley
Green turtle nesting (by Christina Martin)


This week's blog post comes from Dr. Matthew Godfrey, Sea Turtle Program Coordinator for North Carolina. Five sea turtle species are found in North Carolina waters: loggerheads, green turtles, Kemp’s ridleys, leatherbacks and hawksbills (rarely seen in NC). The first four species lay their eggs on sandy ocean-side beaches in N.C., although more than 95% of all nests found in the state ... Read More
April 30, 2015Megan