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You can help ANimals

simple actions can help in a big way

The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is proud to have joined aquariums across the country to launch the In Our Hands campaign.
The campaign's initiative is to remind everyone to reduce single-use plastic and choose alternatives instead. You can learn more at
We're replacing plastic straws with paper straws in our snack bars, adding water bottle refilling stations next to our water fountains, and we're pledging to remove plastic water bottle from vending machines in 2020!
There are many things you can do to help animals and reduce your single-use plastics! You can pick up trash when you see it on the ground, put your groceries in a reusable bag, take a reusable cup with you for coffee or tea, and even use a shampoo bar! Can you name some ways to reduce single-use plastics?



Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Print out these punny Aquarium Valentine's Day cards and share them with friends and family!


Free printables and Worksheets

Print out a nature scavenger hunt, nature bingo, or our sea turtle fun-sheet!

Vulture Coloring Sheets

Scavenger Hunt

Nature Bingo

Sea Turtle Sheet

Owl Box

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Leaf Rubbing

Color A Spot A Fish

Crab Hat







Sawfish Day COloring Sheets


Educational Videos

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Meet Our Animal of the Month: Vultures!

Black vulture and turkey vulture
  • Two types of vultures can be found in North Carolina, black vultures, and turkey vultures. The Aquarium cares for two female black vultures, named Bart and Willis, and one male turkey vulture named Achilles.
  • All three of the vultures imprinted on humans at a young age. This means they never learned how to act like vultures or how to take care of themselves. Imprinting is a mental injury that makes it impossible for these birds to survive in the wild since they have to rely on humans to provide food. Birds are not born with the knowledge of what they are but learn it from their parents. Imprinting happens if a baby bird sees a person instead of their parent and occurs soon after they are born. This could be several hours or weeks depending on the species.
  • Black vultures and turkey vultures are carrion eaters. This means they mostly scavenge for and eat dead animals. You can often see them on the roadsides eating animals that have been hit by vehicles. Their beaks and sharp claws are perfect for tearing their food apart. Eating dead animals helps the environment and prevents the spread of disease. Vultures have a great sense of smell. Turkey vultures have a better sense of smell than black vultures and can smell decaying meat from over 20 miles away and can determine which direction it originates. This is why black vultures, which rely more on eyesight, will often follow the turkey vulture to a food source.
  • Most vultures have bald, featherless heads, which is great for carrion eaters! Because there are no feathers to get covered in rotten meat and the sun and rain can help easily clean the vulture’s feather-less head. The turkey vulture has a bright, red, head.
  • Because vultures are scavengers, they are often affected by lead poisoning that comes from lead bullet fragments and fishing sinkers left in the dead animals they find and eat. When hunters use copper bullets they can help save vulture, bald eagles, and other scavenging animals.

Meet Other animals!

Check out our Meet the Animals Archives for fun information on animals that were featured in the past.

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