What a party! Almost 3,000 people came to see Nimbus, record their birthday wishes for the white sea turtle and find out what they can do to help the sea turtle hatchlings. Nimbus turned four this week and was the focus of the the Aug. 12 Sea Turtle Celebration. Nimbus is the star of the new Ancient Seas Gallery, just past the lionfish exhibit, and can be seen any day you visit.
Nimbus turned up in a nest excavation on a Pine Knoll Shores beach in August 2010. Expert care has helped it overcome mouth and nasal deformities and vision problems. Nimbus, meaning a radiant light or shining cloud, was the name chosen out of hundreds suggested by the public. A genetic deviation similar to that of albino animals causes the pale coloring. Nimbus’ sex is not known.
See more photos on the Aquarium’s Facebook page.
Due to possibility of rain and thunderstorms, the Town of Pine Knoll Shores cancelled the National Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED.
Dinosaurs extinct? Says who? See them up close and hear them roar at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores this summer. Dinosaur Adventure turns the Aquarium’s marsh boardwalk into a time machine. Step outside and travel back millions of years to meet these strange creatures that roamed the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
The fierce allosaurus, the long-necked apatosaurus, the fast and agile coelophysis and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life. Watch out for the dilophosauruses –they spit. Dinosaur Adventure features 11 realistic, large-scale animatronic creatures representing seven species that move and call. Also look for the tyrannasaurus rex photo-op out front, a baby t. rex near the waterfall and a dinosaur nest with eggs just before you enter Dinosaur Adventure.
Also enjoy Way-back Wednesdays throughout the summer. Programs, crafts, animal encounters, a stingray feeding and even a quiz game feature animals we see today, such as alligators and sea turtles, that are living links to counterparts of the prehistoric past. The new Ancient Seas exhibit expands on the same theme. The Wednesday activities and the exhibit also free with admission or membership.
Dinosaur Adventure is open the same hours as the Aquarium – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily – throughout the summer. The dinosaurs go extinct again after Labor Day. Dinosaur Adventure features creations by Billings Productions. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Mary Katherine Lawrence.
Wise up about owls and other birds!
Bring the flock for family fun with Winging It – Birds in Flight. This ticketed program stars native raptors and water birds, some of which soar overhead in Big Rock Theater in response to commands. The show highlights the unique features of various owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. Tickets are just $2 in addition to admission for ages 3 and up.
The 2014 program uses the fun premise of a field trip with a wildlife biologist and an absent-minded intern to illuminate environmental issues that trouble these species, and solutions that can be incorporated into everyday life. All the birds in the show have injuries or conditions that prevent their release into the wild. Like all the Aquarium’s activities, the birds also deliver family-friendly entertainment.
Winging It – Birds in Flight runs daily at 1 p.m. in Big Rock Theater. Purchase tickets at admissions. There is no charge for “infants-in-arms” ages 2 and under.
Do a good deed for the Aquarium and the Earth at the same time – invest in a REC. That stands for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). One REC represents 1000 kilowatt hours of power generated from a renewable source such as wind turbines. By buying RECs in the voluntary market, purchasers can support renewable energy projects even if they do not directly use the energy themselves.
Through a program funded by The Ocean Project, the Aquarium is on a quest to acquire 4,000 RECs in 2014. That’s equal to 100 percent of its electricity consumption. Reducing the need for electricity produced by traditional power-producing sources by that amount has the same impact as removing 588 cars from our roadways every year.
Here’s how you can help: Each time you purchase a certified REC through the Aquarium’s Watts Up campaign for yourself, the impact is doubled, as the program matches the purchase with a REC for the Aquarium. Text 4000 to 67076. See more information online and look for the Watts Up display at the Aquarium to find out more.
New this year! Try out a great way to enjoy Bogue Sound waters and wildlife – stand-up paddle boarding. The Aquarium provides the boards, expert instruction and five opportunities a week to get your feet wet on this fun sport: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11 a.m. Sign up now to be sure you get a spot.
Another fun, get-wet program – surfing - returns to the schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-11 a.m. Again, the Aquarium takes care of equipment and instruction. Also enjoy fishing, a paddle trip in a kayak or canoe through the Roosevelt Natural Area waters, night treks to look for sea turtle nests, exploring the marshes, or catching crabs and clams – see the registration page for more.
Indoors on hot or rainy days, choose from a selection of behind-the-scenes tours, including one that spotlights shark feedings. The 90-minute Aquarium Close Encounters tour has a minimum age of 6; the other tours are limited to ages 5 and up. If you want to see what it’s like to work with Aquarium animals, try the afternoon apprenticeship for ages 14 and up. Small fry can enjoy their own program, Aquarium ABCs (ages 2-5). Check the indoor programs page for more information or to sign up for these programs. These programs require advance registration and fees in addition to admission.
After you’ve seen the dinosaurs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, come inside for another peek at the prehistoric past with Way-back Wednesdays, themed around ancient animals. Activities every Wednesday through Aug. 6 focus on living links to the distant past.
Enjoy a stingray feeding at 10 a.m. The Creature Connection live animal program at 11 a.m. and an animal encounter at 2 p.m. also highlight creatures — alligators and sea turtles, for example — with ties to early times. At 3:30 p.m., show off your knowledge in an Aquarium jeopardy game focused on ancient animals. The little ones can enjoy crafts on dinosaurs, horseshoe crabs and other critters fitting the day’s theme. Watch for “dinosaur eggs” hidden around the Aquarium that reveal clues to solve the Prehistoric Puzzler. Activities are free with admission or membership.
Have you been drenched by a dilophosaurus yet at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores? It’s the hottest trend at the beach this summer. An adult and a juvenile specimen both spray water at visitors on the Marsh Boardwalk in imitation of a famous scene from a famous movie.
As the graphic panel points out, there is no scientific evidence that this species spewed toxin or inflated a head frill when attacking. The others don’t spit, but other creatures of Dinosaur Adventure move, call and otherwise take your imagination back to when such creatures walked the Earth.
Dinosaur Adventure is free with admission or membership. It is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extinction occurs after Labor Day.
NC Aquarium Offers New Business Memberships
Just in time for a busy, fun-filled summer, the NC Aquarium is offering a new Business Membership program that’s great for small business owners, their employees and customers. Starting at $300 per year, Business Members receive premium membership benefits, free admission tickets, discounts for their employees, recognition at the Aquarium, and more.
This program is just one part of the Aquarium’s new Living Treasures campaign, designed to expand community partnerships and grow private support. In addition to Business Memberships, the campaign offers donors a variety of options—including a new annual fund, sponsorship opportunities and planned giving. Proceeds from the campaign will help the Aquarium prosper by funding new animals, exhibits, programs and conservation priorities.
For almost thirty years, the private, nonprofit NC Aquarium Society has worked alongside the NC Aquariums to help fund major renovations and new exhibits at all four Aquarium locations—Roanoke Island, Jennette’s Pier, Fort Fisher and Pine Knoll Shores. Today, they’re highly-rated and popular attractions, with a combined annual visitation of 1.5 million.
Memberships are now available online at www.ncaquariums.com/membership. There you can also read about the Aquarium Society’s top ranking by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of nonprofits. In 2013, the Society was rated the #1 zoo and aquarium nonprofit in the nation.
Join online at www.ncaquariums.com/membership.
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The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores recently honored several part-time employees from several departments for long-term service.
Pictured from left are Phil Saleet of Security for five years, Cristy Bleck of the Gift Shop for 10 years, Sally Parks of the Gift Shop for five years, Erica Alvarado of Visitor Services for five years and Jess Hawkins of Special Activities, five years.
Not pictured are Sandy Wagoner of Visitor Services, honored for five years, Sherry White of Public Relations for 15 years and Patrick Noe of the Dive staff for five years.