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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

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
at Monday, January 22, 2018

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

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

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