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Sea Turtles Rehabilitated in Aquarium Care to be Released

KURE BEACH, N.C. –Twelve rehabilitated sea turtles will be released from the care of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Thursday. The five Kemp’s ridley and seven green sea turtles were originally injured in two separate cold-stunning events.

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New Otter Habitat Construction Begins at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in January

It’s about time for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to make room to tell a global conservation story that is “otterly” engaging. Construction is expected to begin in January to build a home for a furry species likely to inspire cute aggression and empathy for the natural world, Asian small-clawed otters.

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SCRUBBING ALLIGATORS AT N.C. AQUARIUM AT FORT FISHER

Stacey Murray-Rester scrubs alligators. It is part of her job at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. She does it so well that a video of her brushing the back and snout of a rare albino alligator went viral this week, appearing on social feeds from Charlotte to the Philippines.

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Aquarium at Fort Fisher Repairs Require Partial Closure Starting Nov. 4

Repairs to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will alter the guest experience for a few months at one of the state’s most popular attractions. A roof repair and fire suppression system replacement will close the aquarium’s freshwater conservatory building to visitors beginning Nov. 4. The aquarium will remain open during the project, as all saltwater galleries, touch pools and outdoor gardens will remain accessible. Educational activities, daily dive programs and feedings will continue, while sharks, jellies and sea turtles engage and inspire guests.

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Booths Available for Aquarium Halloween

“Trick or Treat Under the Sea” offers local businesses a prime opportunity to reach thousands of area families and consumers. The 2019 event features three nights of ghoulish good times, hosted by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26.

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Shark and Ray Day at the Aquarium

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher flips the script about these important and charismatic creatures during Shark and Ray Awareness Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

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Guests Find More Inclusive Experience at Aquarium

The Aquarium recently earned its Sensory Inclusive Certification, to ensure a positive experience for guests with sensory issues.

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Celebrate and Protect on World Oceans Day June 8

Celebrate and protect the ocean with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Party for the Planet on World Oceans Day, June 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Plant sea oats to restore sand dunes or join a beach sweep with aquarium staff.

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Aquarium Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner recently to celebrate the dedicated individuals who assist Aquarium operations and make a world of difference to the facility and its visitors. In 2018, 505 Aquarium volunteers donated 31,788 hours.

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N.C. Girl in a Mermaid World

Twenty feet below the surface of a natural spring, Lydia Byrd finds herself eyes wide open, blowing heart-shaped kisses, fulfilling her dreams. Byrd is a mountain girl living in a mermaid’s world, and loving it. Her underwater odyssey began in the shadow of North Carolina’s highest peak; and will soon land her, shimmering tail and all, in a magical adventure at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in early March.

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AQUARIUM RELEASES REHABILITATED SEA TURTLE

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher released a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle off the beach at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

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AQUARIUM SEA SCHOLARS EXPAND TO BRUNSWICK COUNTY

A $10,000 grant funded by Duke Energy expanded “Sea Scholars” to nine Brunswick County elementary schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Educators Explore Baja-Information Session

Join us for an information session on an educators trip to Baja, Mexico led by trained marine educators. Learn more at the aquarium on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.

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Aquarium Recognizes Outstanding Employees

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher honored two employees, Kristin Holloman-Noe and Erin Gross recently for making the Aquarium a better place to work and visit.

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Volunteer of the Year

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher recently celebrated the dedicated volunteers who assist Aquarium operations and make a world of difference to the facility and its visitors.

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North Carolina Mermaid Tale Leads to Aquarium

With her long red hair, snowy skin and slip-on, custom tail, Victoria Cox is the embodiment of a wholesome siren of the sea ready to make her dreams come true. In fact, that is exactly what the North Carolina native did when she became a world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaid.

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Helping to Save Vaquitas

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is keeping a close watch on an unprecedented emergency rescue effort underway to save the most endangered marine mammal in the world, the vaquita, from extinction.

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Sea Turtles Released

Two loggerhead sea turtles recently were released to the Atlantic Ocean after receiving care for more than a year at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

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