Meet The Animals

Meet the Animals Archive

Each month we feature a different animal on our Fun and Learning page! 
Check here to learn interesting facts about past month's featured animals.



Meet Our Animal of the Month: Atlantic Spadefish The North Carolina Aquariums logo is a smaller spadefish inside a larger spadefish. When the logo was designed between 1984 and 1985, directors wanted to use an animal that was representative of the NC coast, and also a fish with a unique shape. Jeff Morvil of Wilmington drew up the actual logo, and the directors selected it from several choices. According to the North Carolina Department of... Read More
Posted by Shannon Kemp at Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Meet Bart, Willis, and Achilles

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... Read More
Posted by Shannon Kemp at Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Meet Ray and Charlie

The two brown pelicans in our care, that we call Charlie and Ray, are both female. They both have neuroligical conditions that make it impossible to survive on their own in the wild.   The brown pelican is a great example of an endangered species recovery success story. In the early 1960s and 1970s brown pelicans nearly vanished. A pesticide that was widely used was making pelican egg shells very thin. Pelicans incubate their eggs by using their feet to keep the eggs warm -... Read More

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