February 22, 2019
Twenty feet below the surface of a natural spring, Lydia Byrd finds herself eyes wide open, blowing heart-shaped kisses, fulfilling her dreams. Byrd is a mountain girl living in a mermaid’s world, and loving it. Her underwater odyssey began in the shadow of North Carolina’s highest peak; and will soon land her, shimmering tail and all, in a magical adventure at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in early March.
January 18, 2019
Mention sharks to Hap Fatzinger and a change comes over him. He leans forward, talks a little faster, smiles a little bigger. The long-time Wilmington resident and avid outdoorsman really wants his audience to get it. But let’s be clear. The excitement, some might even call it a passion, has nothing to do with what should be done about sharks, but, instead, what we need to do for sharks.
Fatzinger’s use of the collective “we” is no mistake, either. He believes in the power of people, to make impactful change. Words like conservation, healthy habitats, ocean health aren’t just nebulous ideas in Fatzinger’s shark-fueled enthusiasm. They are his professional mission, a road map from which he will now lead the team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
December 07, 2018
The North Carolina Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Jennette's Pier have all joined a coalition of major public aquariums that announced opposition to the federal government’s pending issuance of permits to allow repeated seismic blasting along the East Coast in search of offshore oil and gas. Marine scientists are concerned that the prolonged and extreme noise pollution introduced into already highly stressed ocean environments will disturb marine life from tiny plankton to commercially valuable fish stocks and even giant whales.
May 25, 2018
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher released a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle off the beach at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
May 18, 2018
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A $10,000 grant funded by Duke Energy expanded “Sea Scholars” to nine Brunswick County elementary schools during the 2017-2018 school year.