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Children watching otter enrichment at the Aquarium

We love Sharks!

          Celebrate alongside the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for 31 Days of Sharks & Rays in July. These magnificent creatures play a critical role in a healthy ocean ecosystem. Shark & Ray Awareness Day is July 14, an important time to spotlight collective and individual actions to protect them. At the Aquarium, our focus on sharks and rays is ongoing and with community support, we can successfully achieve our science-based... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Thursday, Jun 30, 2022
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She Who Chirps the Loudest

When it comes to conservation of a vulnerable species, hearing the chirping sounds of a new crop of Asian small-clawed otters is music to our ears. The otter team weighed and measured the three female otter pups at 38 days old. This followed an exam by the Aquarium veterinary team. They are growing and developing — at this stage of their development, that means teeth are coming in and eyes are opening. New parents Leia and Quincy continue to be... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022
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Immersive and Memorable

Summer Camp is underway with children soaking up every moment and even encountering creatures they never expected to see, much less touch. The Madagascar hissing cockroach is definitely one memory of summer camp they won't forget.  The hissing cockroaches are among the many different animal encounters campers will experience during the camps which run Monday through Friday. The team of special activities instructors are committed to creating a unique experience for each camper and... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Friday, Jun 24, 2022
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Otter Pup Journey

The NC Aquariums veterinary team examined all three otter pups today and they are reported in good condition. Dr. Emily Christiansen listened to their hearts and lungs. She also performed an oral exam and they're teeth are coming in. Two of the three pups have signs that their eyes are beginning to open. They are also holding their heads up well and have nice clear vocals! Follow their journey on  Facebook  and  Instagram . ... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Thursday, Jun 23, 2022
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Summer Interns at the Aquarium

I am Haven Guinn. I am interning in the education department at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher this summer. I am from Red Springs, North Carolina, and a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. My major is biology with a double concentration in zoology and environmental science. Part of my job this summer is helping with the different programs that the aquarium offers, like the habitat chats, otter enrichments, and creature features. I also get to help... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Thursday, Jun 23, 2022
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Aquarium Educators Lead Trip to Baja Peninsula

Aquarium educators create immersive experiences in ways that make the greatest impact on the mission to inspire appreciation and conservation of aquatic environments. Teachers take the learnings they glean from our team to further amplify messages with students and other learners. In some cases, it's not your ordinary field trip! Aquarium educators Gail Lemiec and Casey Radley are leading an amazing group of educators in an up-close and personal ecology course on the Baja California... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022
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Habitat Loss Remains a Threat to American Alligators

Do you have a favorite float? Our horticulture team built a floating wetland with hibiscus and other native plants—it has quickly become a favorite for this 3-foot American alligator. This initiative to introduce more native plants to the wetlands provides cover for native animals and protects fish from predators. Plants also serve as a natural filter for the water. While, we wish all alligators could be free to float and bask in the sun, this species is negatively impacted by several... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Friday, Jun 17, 2022
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Day 26 Otter Pup Journey

  Milestone Alert It's been an exciting journey for our three Asian small-clawed otter pups. The three female pups reached an amazing milestone on day 26 — they are beginning to crawl! These amazing pups continue to inspire us. This is a vulnerable otter species because of deforestation, the illegal pet trade, pollution, climate change, and poaching. We hope they inspire our visitors to take individual action to make a difference in protecting Asian... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Thursday, Jun 16, 2022
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Welcome Governor

Staff and volunteers have  a lot to celebrate these days — the birth of three otter pups, the summer tourism season and plans for renovation and expansion of the Aquarium. We welcomed Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Reid Wilson who engaged and explored alongside hundreds of visitors on Wednesday, June 15. The Governor announced an additional $10 million in state funding to support a $30 million Aquarium expansion and... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022
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Day 18 Otter Pup Journey

Three otterly adorable small-clawed Asian otter pups born on Saturday May 21, continue to grow and gain weight. They weighed the equivalent of two slices of bread when they were born, so it has been heartening for our team to witness Leia and Quincy succeed as first-time parents. They remain behind the scenes with their parents. Otter pups are dependent on their parents to eat and learn otter skills. Leia and Quincy need a safe and restful space to succeed as first-time... Read More
Posted by Dey Rossell at Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022
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