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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

Back to the sea! 17 sea turtles released at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

  Back to the sea! 17 sea turtles rehabilitated at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were released Tuesday at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC. The turtles, many of which had been cold stunned during the winter, were treated at NCARI’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center and have been cleared to return to the ocean. The event took place in southeastern North Carolina because the waters there are currently warm enough for a beach release.... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Otters Get Birthday Cakes, Too!

Otters at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island got a special birthday treat on Thursday, April 20. The aquarium was celebrating the third birthdays of Finn and Banks, two male North American River otters, and presented the otters two specially made birthday cakes. The cakes were made with fish, blackberries, carrots and other otter favorites, frozen into colored ice blocks. The coloration was made with food-safe dyes. Treats like these are also good for otters, who are used to... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, April 24, 2017 | 0 comments

AZA Grants Accreditation to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Silver Spring, Maryland (April 3, 2017)  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “Accreditation by AZA signifies that North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is providing the best animal welfare and care possible,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “As a proven leader in wildlife conservation, the North... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 0 comments

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