Fort Fisher Exhibits

Fort Fisher Exhibits

NEW! OTTERS ON the Edge

Meet a fascinating furry family of Asian small-clawed otters at home in a new, expansive habitat in the Aquarium's conservatory. These curious creatures explore their surroundings, swim in their pools and delight in discovering new ways to play.  

The otters are on habitat daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. After that time they are behind-the-scenes for dinner. Please note, there may be additional unscheduled times when the animals are off the habitat.

So much to see and do!

Aquarium visitors explore the wonders of aquatic environments from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean, discovering unique habitats and animals from North Carolina and around the world. 

Get eye-to-eye with a sea turtle. Meet a rescued bald eagle. Watch sharks glide with rays and eels. Dig for fossils. Touch sea stars and horseshoe crabs!


  • Luna, the albino alligator floats in her habitat.
  • A green moray eel in the Cape Fear Shoals Habitat.
  • A seahorse raised behind the scenes at the Aquarium in the syngnathid habitat.
  • A young guest captivated by the Shark Tooth Ledge habitat.
  • The Cape Fear Shoals habitat, modeled after the Cape Fear Shoals off our coast.
  • A mesmerizing moon jelly in the oceans gallery.
  • Maverick, the rescued bald eagle, works on a training session with a member of our animal care team.
  • Guests get up close to the horseshoe crabs and stingrays in the touch pool.

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