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
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 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
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
Hello all Sea Turtle lovers! My name is Aly Mack and I’m an educator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.I’ve always had a love for animals and wanted my career to be about helping them. Therefore, I decided to go to University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) ...
April 16, 2015Megan