We know how many sea turtle nests are laid each year and on which beaches. But do you ever wonder how many of those nests were laid by the same mother turtle? Luckily, there are scientists doing research to find out. Sea turtle groups in North Carolina, along with South ...
November 12, 2015Casey Radley
Nesting season is coming to a close, but not without record nesting numbers! Take a look at last summer’s nests compared with this past summer’s nests on the beaches near the Aquarium:In fact, Fort Fisher had 33 more nests than its previous high record back in 2012. High sea turtle ...
October 1, 2015Casey Radley
This week we are interviewing Jessica, a teen volunteer at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, about her experience traveling to Costa Rica to study nesting leatherback sea turtles.Q: What is your past experience with sea turtles?A: My experience with sea turtles began in the fourth grade with a school ...
September 10, 2015Casey Radley
This week we are featuring a guest post from our Volunteer Coordinator, Dan, who traveled to Costa Rica this summer to study nesting leatherback sea turtles.Is that a Volkswagen Beetle up ahead in the surf? Walking the beach in driving rain, the pitch black night interrupted only by the blinding ...
September 3, 2015Casey Radley
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 ...
August 27, 2015Casey Radley
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 Seaturtle.org'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: ...
June 4, 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 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 ...
May 7, 2015Casey Radley
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 weekend I went to a mini conference hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association. The conference took place at the Bald Head Island Conservancy. We met with marine educators from Maryland to South Carolina. During the conference we had workshops on how to control deer populations using vaccines, how ...
March 5, 2015Megan