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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

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

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