Volunteer Diver will be missed by dive team

Volunteer diver David Martin passed away last week at a hospice in Pennsylvania, he will be missed by many, especially his dive team at the Aquarium. David completed 298 GYA dives in support of the Aquarium’s dive program, the last one in October of 2013, his goal was to make the 300 level. Dive Safety [...]

More cold-stunned turtles return to sea

Eighteen green sea turtles that had recovered from a bad chill are home in time for the holidays. They and a loggerhead hitched a ride to warmer offshore waters with researchers from the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC-IMS) last Friday. The young green sea turtles were brought to the Aquarium after [...]

NC Aquarium releases recovered loggerhead

Beachgoers cheered as a loggerhead sea turtle headed into the surf after two months at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  Aquarium Director Allen Monroe escorted the 90-pound reptile to the water’s edge at Fort Macon State Park  on Saturday, Oct. 5. With a few quick motions of its flippers, it disappeared into [...]

Wrangling Reptiles at the Aquarium

Reptile Wrangler Bruce Shwedick presents his enthralling Reptile Discovery program Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22 and 23, at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Performances featuring his amazing collection of reptiles are set for 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Neptune’s Theater. Attendance is included with Aquarium admission. Shwedick has been telling the [...]

Divers complete Handicap Scuba Association Buddy Diver Course

Supervisory staff members Jason Sheremeta, Kenneth Jones and Lerin Pierce at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island recently received Handicap Scuba Association (HSA) Buddy Diver Course certifications. The divers are fully trained to conduct Aquarium shark dives and VIP dives for guest divers with disabilities. The three trained with Aquarium Dive Safety Officer Patrick [...]

Bring the tots to Toddler Time – every Wednesday

Bring your little ones for a special time together enjoying stories, crafts, songs,  puppets and animal encounters in Toddler Time, every Wednesday from 9:30  – 10:20 a.m.  The activities in Discovery Classroom focus on a different animal each week. Toddler Time is free with admission and registration is not required. The program runs every week [...]

Aquarium & visitors support penguin conservation

Thanks to the generosity of visitors, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is donating $5,000 to support conservation of African penguins. The Aquarium hosted the Penguin Plunge exhibit featuring four captive-bred African penguins from May through September of this year. Visitors were generous in putting contributions into a donation box near the exhibit. [...]

Dine at Ruby Tuesdays to support Aquarium

It’s holiday crunch time. Let someone else do the cooking this week and show your support for the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Print this GiveBack flyer and present it to your server at Ruby Tuesdays at 11 Van Campen, Wilmington on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Wednesday, Dec. 21. Ruby Tuesday will “GiveBack” 20 percent [...]

Aquariums Explore Change in Management & Operations

As popular and successful as North Carolina’s three Aquariums are, they’re not immune to the economic stresses currently weighing on the State. As an agency of North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Aquariums’ budgets have been reduced by more than 25% over the last two years, and further budget trimming is likely. [...]