Roanoke Island What's New

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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

NC Aquariums Offer Reduced Admission for Low-Income Families

Great news from the office of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural resources! Beginning November 1, 2017, admission fees at North Carolina Aquariums on Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher will be reduced for guests with an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, card. Under the new program, adult admission will be $3 and $2 for children ages 3-12. Up to four individuals can be admitted with each EBT card presented. There is no charge for children... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Aquarium welcomes opossum Webster as newest animal ambassador

Opossums sometimes get a bad rap with their unusual looks and nighttime antics, but there’s actually a lot to love about these small mammals. They have the distinction of being North America’s only native marsupial, they can snack on thousands of ticks per week, they very rarely contract rabies due to their low body temperature, and they are even immune to snake venom. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island hopes guests will learn this and more with the help of... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trick or Treat Under the Sea is almost here!

Purchase Tickets Want to hear something scary? Trick or Treat Under the Sea is just around the corner and some ghostly partygoers haven’t gotten their tickets yet! The Halloween fest at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island on October 26 and October 27 promises frights and fun for the entire family, and tickets are going fast! This year has the distinction of being the 13th incarnation of Trick or Treat Under the Sea and NCARI is busy planning fun and frightening... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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