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 ...
June 11, 2015Casey Radley
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 ...
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 ...
May 14, 2015Casey Radley
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 ...
April 30, 2015Megan
Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to hit the beach! As much as we like to play in the sand, we need to remember local beaches also serve as sea turtle nesting habitats. Here are easy things you can do to leave the beach a better place ...
April 23, 2015Megan
This week we are learning about Cape Fear River Watch, a group that helps protect our sea turtles by protecting the waters that lead to their habitat in the ocean. Cape Fear River Watch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, ...
April 2, 2015Megan
This week we are meeting Alyssa to learn about caring for sea turtles in the wild. Hi there! My name is Alyssa and I am a Park Ranger at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. I’m not originally from North Carolina. I moved here from Pennsylvania about 4 years ago for an ...
February 26, 2015Megan
Plastics, Marine Debris and a Healthy Ocean It’s no secret, the ocean is a wonderful place. We use it for recreation, to support our economy through tourism and seafood, and it serves as a home for thousands of species of wildlife from the largest whales to smallest microorganisms. A healthy ocean ...
February 19, 2015Casey Radley
This week we are talking about a relative of the sea turtle: the alligator! Want to know how they're related? Check out our lesson Reptilian Requirements. In North Carolina, we are very lucky to see Alligators in our backyard because we are at the northern part of their range. Alligators ...
January 28, 2015Megan
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Our first blog post for the year features some special guests at the Aquarium. Right now, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is caring for nearly 20 endangered sea turtles. The sea turtles were injured in a mass cold-stunning event along the New ...
January 15, 2015Megan