Sink your teeth into fun and facts all about sharks during Shark Week July 14-20 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Family-friendly programs, activities, crafts and displays portray the truth about these often misunderstood creatures, their essential role in the ocean ecosystem and the threats they face.
“The popularity of Shark Week and the immense interest the public has in these fascinating animals gives us an opportunity to tell the real story of what is happening to sharks,” said Education Curator Windy Arey Kent. “Finning, over-fishing, pollution and other factors have caused shark populations to plummet worldwide. That can indicate big problems for ocean ecosystems.”
Shark Week activities, free with admission, include information on solutions. “We want to use this opportunity to let people know that while sharks face overwhelming obstacles, people have the power to help the ocean’s top predators each and every day,” she said. Family friendly crafts and activities will also be availalbe.
About 50 of the more than 400 shark species worldwide frequent North Carolina waters. Look for four species of sharks at the Aquarium. The fierce-looking sand tiger sharks, the fast-moving sandbar sharks and the curiously named nurse sharks all inhabit the Living Shipwreck. Watch for the unmistakable profiles of the bonnethead sharks in the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
For an overhead look at a shark feeding, sign up for the Shark Snack Behind the Scenes Tour on Tuesday and Friday — advance registration and additional fees are required for this special program.
All other Shark Week activities are free with admission or membership.
New Summer Program: Kids' Night Out
Wednesdays 6-10 pm
Kids can have a fun night at the Aquarium after hours while parents have a fun night out on the town! The new program, Kids’ Night Out, will be held most Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. this the summer. Parents can drop their children off at the Aquarium for a fun filled night with live animal interactions, a pizza dinner and snacks, a mini behind-the-scenes tour, and other activities. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Ages 4-13. $40 for nonmembers; $36 for members. Duration: 4 hours.
New Summer Program: Doughnuts with Dinos
Tuesdays 8-9 am
Enjoy a special breakfast treat at the Aquarium while learning about dinosaurs. Doughnuts provided by Flip Flops Doughnut Shop in Emerald Isle. Educators will teach youngsters the difference between paleontology and archology, take children on a mini dino dig and tour the life-like dinosaurs on the marsh board walk, all before the Aquarium opens.
For ages 3 and up with a participating adult. $20 ticket; $18 for members. Duration 1 hour. To register, follow the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Internation Owl Awareness Celebration
Find out whooooo’s who during our International Owl Awareness Celebration, Aug. 4. The Aquarium joins other organizations and facilities worldwide to reveal fascinating facts about these birds, the troubles some species face and how everyone can help.
Participate in owl-oriented programs, crafts and activities. Meet a screech owl, a great horned owl and a barn owl. The birds star in the Aquarium’s daily Bird’s-eye View bird show or other educational presentations. All have injuries or conditions that give them little chance of surviving on their own in the wild.
Aditional activiteis will be held throughout the day and include owl-themed games and family-friendly crafts.
Owl Awareness Day activities are free with admission. Bird’s-Eye View is presented daily, free of charge with admission or membership.
28th Annual Surf Fishing Workshop Weekend
Registration ends Oct. 10 (event set for Oct. 12-14)
This hands-on workshop weekend is designed for novice fishermen, but it's a great refresher course for all skill levels. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch. The weekend culminates with a fishing expedition to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ages 12 and up. $150 for non-members and $135 for members. Must cancel 7 days prior to program to receive a refund.
Bird's-Eye View: Free-Flight Bird Program
May 26 at 11 a.m.
Flock to the Big Rock Theater to get a close look at some impressive birds. The show highlights the unique features of owls, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. Event is free with admission or membership. Events will be held daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Dino Might Tour 2018
May 28- Sept. 4
This May we are welcoming back dinosaurs to the Aquarium. To celebrate, we're having a dinosaur scavenger hunt around our community. It's will be a social media contest with chances to win prizes!
To enter, find Spot the juvenile Tyrannosaurs rex around the community (we'll post updates where to find it throughout the contest) and take a selfie with the dino. Post the picture to social media and tag us with #DinoMightTour2018. There are other ways you can enter to win - follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to find out!