Roanoke Island What's New

Vet team performs annual alligator check-ups

Everyone benefits from regular health check-ups, including the animals at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) at NCARI are no exception, and they all recently received their annual physicals from the Aquariums’ veterinary team.  The exam included six exhibit alligators and two alligators that live behind the scenes and are used in educational programs. Vets checked each alligator’s eyes, ears, feet, teeth, and... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Student divers train in survey skills at NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Students from Penn State got a chance to apply real-world diving skills to a replica shipwreck on April 21 and 22 at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The students, all part of Penn State’s Scientific Diving course, utilized the 1/3 scale replica of the USS Monitor shipwreck in the aquarium’s Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit to practice survey and measurement techniques, skills that are crucial in mapping real-life underwater archaeological sites. Over the course... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Back to the sea! 17 sea turtles released at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

  Back to the sea! 17 sea turtles rehabilitated at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were released Tuesday at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC. The turtles, many of which had been cold stunned during the winter, were treated at NCARI’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center and have been cleared to return to the ocean. The event took place in southeastern North Carolina because the waters there are currently warm enough for a beach release.... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Otters Get Birthday Cakes, Too!

Otters at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island got a special birthday treat on Thursday, April 20. The aquarium was celebrating the third birthdays of Finn and Banks, two male North American River otters, and presented the otters two specially made birthday cakes. The cakes were made with fish, blackberries, carrots and other otter favorites, frozen into colored ice blocks. The coloration was made with food-safe dyes. Treats like these are also good for otters, who are used to... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, April 24, 2017 | 0 comments

AZA Grants Accreditation to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Silver Spring, Maryland (April 3, 2017)  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “Accreditation by AZA signifies that North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is providing the best animal welfare and care possible,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “As a proven leader in wildlife conservation, the North... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 0 comments

New Addition to Seven Rivers

Rattlesnake roommate.  This juvenile eastern diamondback rattlesnake is a recent addition to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, sharing a space with a timber rattlesnake in the Seven Rivers Gallery. The eastern diamondback is one of three species of rattlesnakes native to North Carolina, and is found in the southeast part of the state. They are also the largest of the rattlesnakes; though this diamondback is only a few feet long, they commonly grow to eight... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, March 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Volunteers give nearly 14,000 hours at NCARI

Volunteers at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island gave nearly 14,000 hours of their time in 2016, providing invaluable service to the aquarium’s programs, conservation efforts and guest experiences. “We can’t thank you enough for everything you do,” NCARI Volunteer Coordinator Kate Davison told volunteers gathered at an awards banquet held February 9 at sister facility Jennette’s Pier. “You give your time to us so freely, and nothing is more... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Photographs by Eve Turek celebrate the “Outer Banks Through the Seasons”

Eve Turek says it all began with a Golden Book of Birds, a Polaroid camera and a backyard bird feeder. Even when she was ten years old, she trained her lens on animals: pets, birds, animals at the zoo. When she goes through those old pictures now, few are of much anything else. “From the very beginning,” she says, “All those photographs were of birds or critters. As a naturalist, there is still part of that young child in me that wants to connect with those birds and... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Santa Paws pet food drive lands 4,500 lbs for OBX SPCA

The Santa Paws pet food drive at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island brought in 4,500 pounds of dog and cat food, plus assorted blankets, toys and cleaning products for donation to the Outer Banks SPCA. The drive was held from September 21 through January 3, and NCARI delivered the food to the SPCA headquarters on January 5. The aquarium would like to thank everyone who came out and showed such wonderful support for its SPCA neighbors and the great work they do. The... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Four juvenile alligators join NCARI family

The Seven Rivers gallery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is the new home for four juvenile American alligators. The newest additions to the aquarium family can be seen at the gallery’s gateway, basking on rocks or lounging under the water. The gators, named Ham, Cheese, Turkey and Gravy, are all around two years old and approximately 18 inches long. They arrived at NCARI while the aquarium was under renovation, and spent a year behind the scenes while the Seven Rivers... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, December 19, 2016 | 0 comments

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