Roanoke Island What's New

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Glass artist explores underwater worlds

With her exhibition  Glass Reef, Hidden Worlds  currently on display in the Nautilus Gallery of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, artist Emily Williams seeks to draw attention to the fragility of underwater ecosystems and the vulnerability of coral reefs. Williams’ intricate glass sculptures expose the complex yet delicate nature of corals and offer a unique perspective into their intricate structure. Coral reefs support a diversity of ocean species.... Read More
at Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dinosaurs return to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island this summer!

Do you hear that rumbling in the distance? It’s not the sound of springtime thunderstorms or giant waves crashing, or even the phantom booms that sometimes haunt the Outer Banks. It’s the roar of prehistoric giants as dinosaurs return to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island! This summer, the aquarium’s nature trail will be transformed into a Jurassic (and Cretaceous and Triassic) jungle populated by legendary reptiles of the past, and guests will be transported to a... Read More
at Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hellbender salamander joins NC Aquarium family

“Mud Dog!” “Ground Puppy!” “Snot Otter!” No matter what you call them, hellbender salamanders are fascinating creatures, and the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is excited to introduce a new hellbender to its Wild Wetlands Gallery family. Hellbenders reside naturally in the eastern part of the United States and are famous for being the largest species of salamander in the country. The aquarium’s previous hellbender outgrew its habitat and now resides... Read More
at Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Veterans dive with the sharks

A group of divers participating in a program that organizes recreational outings for veterans got to visit with the sharks and other marine life in the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit on March 9th at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The veterans are all involved with  Project SOAR , a program out of Wilmington, North Carolina that coordinates adaptive recreational activities like scuba diving, kayaking and surfing for veterans living with service-connected injuries or illnesses. ... Read More
at Monday, March 12, 2018

NC Aquarium joins TerraCycle cigarette waste recycling program

In an effort to reduce cigarette litter and to keep butts out of landfills, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island has joined TerraCycle’s cigarette waste recycling program. Cigarette butt litter may seem tiny, but it causes big problems. It’s not just unsightly; marine life and birds can mistake butts for food, and since most filters are made from plastic, cigarette butts don’t biodegrade, and can contaminate waterways and cause other negative environmental harm. Signs posted... Read More
at Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Employees Recognized for Outstanding Service

Two employees at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were recognized for outstanding service at an employee gathering on March 1. Visitor and Member Services Coordinator Jennifer Gamiel (left) and Housekeeper Jeff Lawrence (right) were selected by their peers to receive the awards. Jennifer received the “Award of Excellence” and was praised for exceeding expectations and going above and beyond her typical job duties. Staff commendations included her enthusiasm, pleasant personal... Read More
at Monday, March 5, 2018

STAR Center at Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting

STAR Center staffers Amber White and Madeleine VanMiddlesworth recently attended the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC where they learned about sea turtle conservation research and current rehabilitation practices being conducted in the region. The pair even gave a presentation on training happening in the STAR Center with Fin, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, who transitioned from patient to species ambassador. Fin has problems eating due to injuries to his/her jaw... Read More
at Friday, February 23, 2018

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
at Thursday, February 8, 2018

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
at Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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

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