This week we have a guest post from our Assistant Dive Safety Officer, Kathy, who regularly dives in our Cape Fear Shoals exhibit where our green sea turtle, Shelldon, lives.There are always sharks, eels, and lots of fish to observe when I go diving in the Cape Fear Shoals exhibit ...
March 19, 2015Casey Radley
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
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
Have you enjoyed learning about sea turtles each week? Have you debated using the lessons with your students? Recently the Aquarium hosted a teacher training workshop to give teachers more confidence in using sea turtles to teach STEM.We started by sharing information about why sea turtles are different. You can ...
February 12, 2015Megan
This week we are meeting Justin, a sea turtle researcher who used to work here at the Aquarium.Justin Perrault here from Mote Marine Laboratory. I am currently Mote’s head marine turtle researcher looking at the effects of contaminants and natural toxins on the health and reproductive success of nesting loggerhead ...
February 5, 2015Casey Radley
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
This week we are meeting Jacob, one of our aquarists.Hello, I am Jacob and I work as one of the aquarist at the Aquarium. I am in charge of caring for our 60 pound green sea turtle, Shelldon. I started as a summer camper at the Aquarium when I was ...
December 5, 2014Megan
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Does your family serve Jell-O or Jell-O molds for Thanksgiving Dinner? Then you have something in common with the sea turtles at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. When Jell-O was first introduced in the 1800s there were only four flavors: Strawberry, Raspberry, ...
November 20, 2014Megan
In the spirit of Halloween, this week we are learning about a sea turtle predator that fits the season: the ghost crab. The Atlantic ghost crab is a sand colored crab with white claws. Like a ghost, they can change colors to better blend in with their surroundings. They are ...
October 30, 2014Megan