Fun and Learning

Fun and learning Corner

There are so many things to discover

Read about sea turtles, sand tiger sharks, wind energy and more at our virtual bookshelf.
Get to know a new animal every month with photos, videos and cool facts. 
You can help save animals in the wild by doing simple things in your own home.


Read a book from our virtual bookshelf!


Educational Videos

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The Ocean is In Our Hands!

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a proud partner of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership. Together 19 aquariums across the country are joining forces to address one of the gravest threats to ocean and freshwater animals and their homes— plastic pollution.  

As part of the partnership and through the "In Our Hands" campaign, we are taking action and sharing the importance of a national shift away from single-use plastic. The solution is In Our Hands-all our hands-reduce single-use plastic and choose alternatives instead.

We're walking the walk too - replacing plastic straws with plant-based compostable straws and eliminating plasticware in our snack bar. We've added water-bottle-refilling stations at our water fountains and eliminated plastic bags in our gift shop. We will continue to examine our operations to find alternatives. 

                                                                                      The future of the ocean, lakes and rivers is In Our Hands! 
You can help and do your part!

To learn more, visit

The Gills Club

Are you a girl age 10-14? Do you like sharks or want to learn more about them? Sign up for our new chapter of Gills Club!
The Gills Club is Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's STEM-based education initiative dedicated to connecting girls with
female scientists from around the world, sharing knowledge, and inspiring shark and ocean conservation.

The Gills Club will meet on the following dates:
Sept. 14, 2019: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
January 18, 2020: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Gills Club meeting previously scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Gills Club meeting previously scheduled for July 18 is being rescheduled for a future date.

For information or to sign up email [email protected]

Animal of the month: Shelldon

A green sea turtle
  • Shelldon is an eight-year-old green sea turtle.
  • He came to the Aquarium from a nest in Emerald Isle.
  • Green sea turtles have a brown shell, called a “carapace” that covers most of their body. Their name comes from their diet of mainly veggies that turns their fat green.
  • They also eat jellyfish and help keep their numbers in check. Unfortunately, sea turtles can easily mistake a plastic bag floating in the ocean for a jellyfish and eat it. As their stomach fills up with indigestible plastic, they won’t be able to eat anything and can starve.
  • You can help protect these amazing animals by limiting plastic use and respecting the beaches sea turtles nest on.
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Alligator Scrubbing

Luna, the albino alligator, and Gantu, a natural-colored alligator, float in their pool while being rubbed with long-handled brushes, to their apparent contentment. The brushing activity is offered as a secondary enrichment to the alligators after feeding sessions. The animals choose to position themselves for the activity and are free to swim away at any time. In fact, if brushing ceases for one animal before the other, the alligators jockey for the lone brush.


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