Meet The Animals

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Each month we feature a different animal on our Fun and Learning page! 
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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 Environmental Quality, spadefish are medium-sized fish and commonly found from Massachusetts to Brazil. Adults have flat, spade-shaped bodies with pointed dorsal and anal fins and a blunt snout.

Adult spadefish are a silverish gray color with three to six vertical black bands on both sides of their body. Juvenile spadefish fish are usually black and grow into their stripes.

They can grow up to 20 pounds and over 30 inches long. They like warmer water and travel in schools. They can eat crustaceans, jellyfish, and mollusks.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores collects eggs from several aquarium habitats and animal caretakers raise those eggs into adults. The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has raised hundreds of spadefish. Many of those spadefish have gone to other aquariums as a way to help limit the stress put on wild populations. You can see many of those spadefish that were born and raised at the aquarium in many habitats at the aquarium. 

Posted by Shannon Kemp at 6:00 AM

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