Roanoke Island What's New

Instagram campaign champions five-minute beach cleanups

All it takes is five minutes and a hashtag. That’s the message behind the Instagram campaign launched by NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island staffer Leslie Vegas to rally fellow beachgoers into helping pick up trash and keep it out of the ocean. Vegas, who works as the aquarium's Education Animal Aquarist, is also an avid outdoorswoman and her frequent forays around the OBX often become impromptu litter cleanups. “Everywhere we would go, we’d come back... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Fly by for the 3rd Annual Moth Party

What goes bump in the night? It may be moths, but that shouldn’t be cause for fright. These insects play an important role in ecosystems around the world. On Friday, July 21, The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is “shining a light” on these nocturnal pollinators with an after-hours Moth Party from 8-9:30 p.m. This program is held as part of National Moth Week and offers everyone a chance to collect scientific data and learn more about these interesting insects.  ... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 0 comments

NCARI STAR Center releases ten rehabilitated turtles

Ten sea turtles treated at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island were returned to the ocean during a July 7 release at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  The rel ease was held on Coquina Beach, south of Nags Head, and a large crowd turned out for the enthusiastic send-off.  A Kemp’s ridley, a loggerhead, and eight green sea turtles were released with the help of NCARI staff and interns, volunteers fro m the Network for Endangered Sea... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Awarded for Excellence

Gift Shop Manager Shelly Nunnally (left) and Special Activities Lead Instructor Dana Thomason (right) were presented awards for excellence by Director Maylon White (center) on July 6 at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Nunnally was awarded the “Sea Star Award” for Excellence in Customer Service, and Thomason was given the “Award of Excellence” for Excellence in Job Performance. Both were nominated by their coworkers for their outstanding work at the... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Sea urchins have dentist appointment at Aquarium

Pencil sea urchins at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island were recently visited by the Aquarium’s veterinary team for a very important reason: dental checkups. Sea urchins have a unique jaw apparatus called Aristotle’s lantern, which includes five teeth that continually grow throughout the animal’s life. In the wild, one way urchins trim these teeth is by scraping food from rocks and reefs. In the Aquarium environment, there are fewer opportunities for sea urchins... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Beloved children’s series featured in exhibit Birth of a Book

Suzanne Tate’s beloved Nature Series, beginning in 1988 with the book  Crabby and Nabby , is a treasured collection of animal stories and life lessons. Over the course of 29 years and 38 books, Tate’s stories and the artwork of James Melvin have won over parents, teachers and children, and many readers have grown up with the stories of flounder, octopi, seahorses and otters. Now, readers can see how these books come to life in an exhibit at the North Carolina... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, June 12, 2017 | 0 comments

“Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes” returns to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The vibrant history of the United States Lifesaving Service and the Pea Island Life-Saving Station returns to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for three dates this summer. On June 14, July 5 and August 2, presentations, in cooperation with the Pea Island Preservation Society, will offer reenactments, engaging storytelling and a message of perseverance and working together. “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island Life Savers,” teaches the... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8

On June 8, join the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in celebrating World Oceans Day. This worldwide event is a fun opportunity to learn about the oceans, the important roles they play in all our lives, and how to best protect and conserve them. NCARI will join the party with a day of fun and learning alongside the aquarium’s aquatic exhibits and the beautiful natural surroundings of the Croatan Sound. Games, activities and crafts will highlight important... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 0 comments

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

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