Filed under: Fort Fisher by fortfisher on Monday, January 14th, 2013

Time to dust-off your dancing shoes for a special birthday party at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Twister, the Aquarium’s spotted eagle ray, turns two and all are invited to celebrate on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Forget the standard “Pin the Tail on the Grouper.”  Dancing and games take place during the 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. dive shows. Party like it’s your birthday and boogie down in a “Twist-off” dance competition. Children, ages 12 and younger, can test their eagle ray knowledge and their flexibility during the “Twister’s Game of Twister.” Divers also hand feed Twister during these dive presentations. An oversized card for birthday wishes will be available all day.

Twister was born into human care, on January 20, 2011, through a breeding program involving Disney’s Living Seas and Ripley’s Entertainment. The spotted eagle ray arrived at the Aquarium in March 2012. He received special attention behind the scenes for several months before his debut in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, Cape Fear Shoals, in July 2012. Twister is currently the only spotted eagle ray on public view in North Carolina.

Visitors can easily recognize the animal by the fluid winging movement of his large pectoral fins, a pronounced snout, and, of course, a white polka-dot pattern on the brown dorsal body.

The daily dive shows and Twister’s Birthday activities are free with Aquarium admission.