Roanoke Island What's New

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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

U.S. Coast Guard assists with sea turtle release following cold-stunning

Dozens of sea turtles treated for cold-stunning at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were released Friday, December 22 with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet. The turtles arrived at the station from the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center after treatment for cold-stunning. In all, 41 of the 100 turtles admitted to the STAR Center between December 10 and December 20 were released. Cold-stunned turtles suffer hypothermia-like symptoms that... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Thursday, December 28, 2017

NC Aquarium Husbandry Staff Earn AALSO Certification

Husbandry staff at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island recently earned proficiency certifications from The Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) Organization. Members of the husbandry team, who are responsible for the care of all of the animals at NCARI, earned certifications for Life Support Operator Level I and Water Quality Technician Level I after attending classes led by a member of the AALSO Certification Committee and passing a timed examination.  Courses covered topics like... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cold-stunned sea turtles admitted to STAR Center *UPDATED*

***You can donate to the STAR Center or purchase supplies directly to assist the cold-stunned sea turtles! STAR Center has launched an Amazon.com wish list where donors can buy specific needed items for the center. Anyone wanting to donate to the STAR Center can mail or hand deliver a check with “STAR” or “Sea Turtle” in the subject line to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, 374 Airport Road, P.O. Box 967, Manteo NC, 27954 or donate online  and use the... Read More
at Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where the rubber meets the road

Litter was no match for ten staff members during December's Adopt-A-Highway cleanup! Every three months, staff at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island walk Airport Road on Roanoke Island picking up litter, and special recognition is given for the stragest find of the day. This month's winner? A pink sash labeled princess!  Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Izzy checks out of STAR Center, headed for Wonders of Wildlife

Izzy, a juvenile green sea turtle that has been a patient of the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center since last November, is off to a new home in Springfield, Missouri, where she will be a new addition at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.  “We’re very excited for Izzy to be an ambassador for her species in the Midwest,” said Stu Clausen, Assistant Curator of Life Sciences at Wonders of Wildlife. “It will allow people in the region... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Thursday, November 9, 2017

NC Aquarium divers conduct lionfish mitigation study

A conservation team from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is working to manage population explosions in lionfish on shipwrecks off the coast of the Outer Banks. The lionfish  is native to the Indian Ocean and South Pacific, but since the late 1980s the invasive species has been rapidly taking over reef and wreck sites along the East Coast. The lionfish is a popular ornamental fish in home aquariums and was likely released intentionally into... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Monday, November 6, 2017

Veterans Day at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island wishes to thank and honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces, and will observe Veterans Day on November 11 with special programming and a free admission day. -Admission to NCARI will be free to everyone all day on Saturday, November 11. Veterans Day is one of two free admission days the aquarium offers each year. -November 11 will also kick-off the "Season of Thankfulness" food drive that runs through November 30 and... Read More
at Friday, October 27, 2017

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