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. ...
November 6, 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 ...
April 18, 2018Gail Lemiec
Hello Everyone and Welcome Back! Waving a fond farewell to summer and with a hint of fall in the morning air, another school year begins. As you sharpen those No. 2 pencils, it may be difficult to believe sea turtle hatchlings are still making their way out of nests on the ...
September 28, 2017Gail Lemiec
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 ...
October 6, 2016Casey Radley
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 ...
September 8, 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 ...
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 ...
May 12, 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 ...
April 28, 2016Casey Radley
One of the many questions we are asked often about sea turtles is how do the females know to come back to the same beach area to make their nests? The ocean is so big and sea turtles can spend twenty or so years swimming in it before reaching maturity ...
February 11, 2016Casey Radley
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Our first 2016 blog post features exciting news off the North Carolina coast recently discovered from this past summer’s nesting season. If you remember, last summer we had a record-breaking nesting season. There were 1,296 reported sea turtle nests. Two of those nests were ...
January 21, 2016Casey Radley