Latest News from Pine Knoll Shores

Dinosaurs staying two more months!

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

nca-pks allosaurus wThe dinosaurs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores have delayed their destiny – extinction- for two months!  See them up close and hear them roar through Nov. 1. 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, the ostrich-like citipati and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life among the trees and plants surrounding them. Watch out for the dilophosauruses –they spit. Dinosaur Adventure features 11 realistic, large-scale animatronic creatures representing seven species that move and call. Don’t miss the photo ops: a tyrannasaurus rex out front, a baby t. rex near the waterfall and a dinosaur nest with eggs just before you enter Dinosaur Adventure.

The dinosaur exhibit has been enormously popular with summer visitors at the Aquarium. The fall extension gives more local and regional residents a chance to enjoy the experience. The dinosaurs also will add a new element to the Aquarium’s Halloween event for kids, Trick Or Treat Under the Sea, this year on Oct. 29 and 30.

Dinosaur Adventure is open the same hours as the Aquarium – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Dinosaur Adventure features creations by Billings Productions. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Mary Katherine Lawrence.

Have you dodged a dilophosaurus yet?

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Monday, August 18th, 2014

nca-pks dilo spits wnca-pks little dino wHave 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 Nov. 1.

Aquarium open Labor Day

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Monday, August 18th, 2014

You “otter” come to the Aquarium Labor Day weekend.

What are you going to say when someone asks what you’re doing on Labor Day weekend? Let the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores help you answer the question! Hours are  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. Here are several  exciting ways to finish the sentence, “I’m going to…”

  • Hear an allosaurus roar and dodge spray from a  dilophorosaurus in Dinosaur Adventure, free with admission, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. This fun blast from the past has been extended through Nov. 1.
  • Enjoy otter programs, dive shows, animal feedings, creature features and other fun programs free with admission or membership.
  • Watch birds soar overhead in Winging It – Birds in Flight, a ticketed show featuring native shore birds and raptors.
  • Take a unique tour of Bogue Sound with stand-up paddle boarding (Monday)
  • Explore what happens beyond the exhibits on a behind-the-scenes tour. Several programs are available Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Kayak the serene waters of the Roosevelt Natural areas (Saturday)

The fall calendar of free programs and additional activities begins on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Aquarium observes Vulture Awareness Sept. 6

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

 The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores wants to help vultures out with their image problem, and also wants to spread the word about the dangers threatening these big birds worldwide.

The Aquarium joins in an International Vulture Awareness celebration Sept. 6. The effort is aimed at illuminating vultures’ essential role in the ecosystem as part of nature’s clean-up crew. Their consumption of carrion may sound unappealing, but it helps prevent the spread of many diseases. As with other wildlife, a range of threats imperil these intelligent animals around the globe. Some of their woes include lead poisoning from bullets in carcasses left by hunters, toxicity from drugs used in livestock in some countries, being killed as pests, and the lingering effects of the pesticide DDT on eggshell strength.

At the Aquarium, find out how you can help vultures while you experience close-up encounters with live vultures, make a craft vulture to take home and participate in interactive activities in Discovery Classroom, get a feel for vulture anatomy by touching wings, feet and other biofacts, and enjoy other programs about vultures.

Native black vultures and turkey vultures are popular stars of Winging It: Birds in Flight. The 1 p.m. show featuring these birds and other native raptors and shorebirds is $2 in addition to admission. Other Vulture Awareness Day activities are free with admission or membership.

NC Aquarium Homeschool Day Sept. 10

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Friday, August 15th, 2014

w NCA-PKS breakfast-with-rays printThe North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores invites homeschool families to enjoy a day of educational programs and activities on Homeschool Day, Sept. 10. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

This year’s theme is animal adaptions. Participants complete activities related to that theme in each gallery, verified by a stamp in their field notebooks. Creature Connection programs, crafts and other activities also feature how animals have adapted to their environments.

Behind-the-scenes tours are discounted to $4 per person for homeschool families and are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Advance registration earlier in the day is required, tours are limited to 15 people and children must be at least five years old to participate.

Barrier Island Exploration marsh walks are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. free of charge for homeschoolers, but registration is required earlier in the day. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be ready to get wet -  bring spare clothes and footwear. Participants must be at least 7 years old, and tours are limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Aquarium admission and Homeschool Day activities, except the behind-the-scenes tours, are free for homeschool families – please bring your identification. The Aquarium’s annual Homeschool Day is a special event in addition to the one free admission per year allowed for homeschool families.


NC Aquarium offers fun fall activities

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

nca-pks-live-dive-girl-by-larry-nc-aquariums-photoThe North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is open year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas days. The Aquarium also closes early on Oct. 29 and 30 and Dec. 12 to prepare for evening holiday special events. Free programs are offered daily throughout fall and winter:

10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Dive program in the Living Shipwreck
11 a.m. Monday-Friday – Feeding programs at various exhibits
11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday – Otter enrichment at the River Otter exhibit
11:30 a.m. – Creature Connection live animal program in Big Rock Theater; also at 1:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 8
3:15 p.m. – Feeding program at the Living Shipwreck

The Aquarium also offers additional indoor programs and outdoor activities throughout fall and winter. Enjoy the glorious fall scenery at the coast with stand-up paddle boarding, a new and popular summer program. It is available Tuesday and Thursday mornings through fall, as long as the weather holds. A Friday morning surf fishing session and a Saturday canoe or kayak exploration of area waters also get you outside and moving.

Indoors, see what goes on behind the scenes five days a week. Enjoy 45-minute At a Glance guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, or opt for the more thorough, 90-minute Close Encounters program on Saturdays. The popular seafood cooking series, Succulent Seafood, returns in October. All these programs require advance registration and fees, and have minimum age requirements. Call or see the registration pages for times and details.

White sea turtle’s fourth birthday celebrated Aug. 12

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

w nca-pks nimbus 2014What 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.



Watts Up with power at the Aquarium

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Friday, August 8th, 2014

w nca-pks diver recDo 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.


National Night Out CANCELLED; will not be rescheduled

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Monday, August 4th, 2014

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.

Enjoy Winging It: Birds in Flight for just $2

News Article From: Pine Knoll Shores on Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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.