Roanoke Island What's New

Aquarium hosts National Skip the Straw Day events February 23rd

A pleasant walk on the beach will often reveal unpleasant findings among the seashells: namely single-use plastics, one of the most common of which are drinking straws. Over 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States according to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and too many of these find their way into the ocean, waterways and other natural habitats. “The vast majority of straws are discarded after one use. Some make it to landfills, but a lot end up in the... Read More
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Aquarium Volunteers recognized for 12,191 hours of service in 2017

It’s safe to say that our volunteers are the backbone of the Aquarium. They impact every department, from educating visitors at the touch pools and in the STAR Center to cleaning the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit. Last week, their work was recognized during a luncheon, thanking them for 12,191 hours donated in 2017. Two volunteers were given special accolades. Fred Bamonte, who recently retired from volunteering after nearly two decades, received the Volunteer Certificate of... Read More
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Time for a manicure!

Time for a manicure! Virginia opossum Webster recently had his nails trimmed by NC Aquariums veterinarian Dr. Emily Christiansen. In the wild, an opossum’s nails are worn down naturally as the animal climbs trees and moves through its habitat. Webster is one of the Aquarium’s ambassador animals, and thanks to superb training with Education Animal Aquarist Leslie Vegas, trimming Webster’s nails was a stress-free experience for everyone. Photo by Heather Broadhurst, NC... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Friday, January 26, 2018 | 0 comments

Drive delivers 2,662 pounds of pet food and supplies to OBX SPCA

Guests to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island donated an  arf -ul lot of food during the Santa Paws holiday pet food drive! So much that it took two truckloads to move it all to the Outer Banks SPCA. Between November 20 and January 4, Aquarium guests dropped off 2,662 pounds of food and pet supplies, which lends a big hand to the furry, friendly and adoptable animals at the SPCA. During the drive, guests who brought in at least a seven-pound bag of dog or cat food got into the... Read More
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Be a part of the Ton of Love food drive!

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island invites everyone to join in donating to the Ton of Love Food Drive through February 14. This annual drive helps the Roanoke Island Food Pantry provide much-needed relief, and the Aquarium’s goal is to collect ONE TON of food for local families by Valentine’s Day. The Roanoke Island Food Pantry offers food to needing families all year long, and contributions to the Ton of Love help the pantry restock its shelves following the... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 0 comments

Join us for a free admission day, "Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes" presentation Jan. 15

Join us on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for a free admission day! This is one of two free days the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island offers. During your visit, enjoy a presentation by the Pea Island Preservation Society.   "Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island U.S. Lifesaving Station," tells the historic and heroic story of the first all-black Life-Saving crew. Learn about the skills and tools that were used to rescue... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 0 comments

U.S. Coast Guard assists with sea turtle release following cold-stunning

Dozens of sea turtles treated for cold-stunning at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were released Friday, December 22 with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet. The turtles arrived at the station from the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center after treatment for cold-stunning. In all, 41 of the 100 turtles admitted to the STAR Center between December 10 and December 20 were released. Cold-stunned turtles suffer hypothermia-like symptoms that... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Thursday, December 28, 2017 | 0 comments

NC Aquarium Husbandry Staff Earn AALSO Certification

Husbandry staff at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island recently earned proficiency certifications from The Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) Organization. Members of the husbandry team, who are responsible for the care of all of the animals at NCARI, earned certifications for Life Support Operator Level I and Water Quality Technician Level I after attending classes led by a member of the AALSO Certification Committee and passing a timed examination.  Courses covered topics like... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Cold-stunned sea turtles admitted to STAR Center *UPDATED*

***You can donate to the STAR Center or purchase supplies directly to assist the cold-stunned sea turtles! STAR Center has launched an Amazon.com wish list where donors can buy specific needed items for the center. Anyone wanting to donate to the STAR Center can mail or hand deliver a check with “STAR” or “Sea Turtle” in the subject line to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, 374 Airport Road, P.O. Box 967, Manteo NC, 27954 or donate online  and use the... Read More
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Where the rubber meets the road

Litter was no match for ten staff members during December's Adopt-A-Highway cleanup! Every three months, staff at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island walk Airport Road on Roanoke Island picking up litter, and special recognition is given for the stragest find of the day. This month's winner? A pink sash labeled princess!  Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 0 comments

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