Pine Knoll Shores Exhibits

Loggerhead odyssey

Featuring Caretta's Cove

This summer, follow the journey of loggerhead sea turtles and even speak with one, in the newly renovated Loggerhead Odyssey exhibit at the Aquarium. Watch as a tiny turtle hatches on a North Carolina beach and crawls to the ocean.  Meet a hatchling that’s being rehabilitated at the Aquarium.  Step into an immersive deep sea setting and find out how far sea turtles travel, and the huge threats they face – primarily from plastic pollution. Join our challenge to go a day without disposable plastics and help save sea turtles. Younger visitors can test their turtle knowledge with interactive games.           

Then, stop by Caretta’s Cove and talk with a turtle. The new digital puppetry theater features a spunky Southern female loggerhead, named Caretta.  The charming and beautiful, forever 29-year-old sea turtle has traveled the Atlantic Ocean far and wide. She will share her experiences and take questions from visitors several times a day. 

Little Minnows Play Area

Now Open!

Designed especially for our smallest visitors, the Little Minnows Play Area encourages free play and lots of imagination. Toddlers and preschoolers can play dress-up, ride and climb on cushioned toys, and relax with a book in a reading nook.  Free with admission.

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