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The Ocean is In Our Hands!
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a proud partner of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership. Together 19 aquariums across the country are joining forces to address one of the gravest threats to ocean and freshwater animals and their homes— plastic pollution.
As part of the partnership and through the "In Our Hands" campaign, we are taking action and sharing the importance of a national shift away from single-use plastic. The solution is In Our Hands-all our hands-reduce single-use plastic and choose alternatives instead.
We're walking the walk too - replacing plastic straws with plant-based compostable straws and eliminating plasticware in our snack bar. We've added water-bottle-refilling stations at our water fountains and eliminated plastic bags in our gift shop. We will continue to examine our operations to find alternatives.
The future of the ocean, lakes and rivers is In Our Hands!
You can help and do your part!
To learn more, visit OURHANDS.org
Luna, the albino alligator, and Gantu, a natural-colored alligator, float in their pool while being rubbed with long-handled brushes, to their apparent contentment. The brushing activity is offered as a secondary enrichment to the alligators after feeding sessions. The animals choose to position themselves for the activity and are free to swim away at any time. In fact, if brushing ceases for one animal before the other, the alligators jockey for the lone brush.