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Roanoke Island Newsroom

Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island news room. To schedule a media visit or staff interviews, please contact Christian Legner, communications manager, at (252) 475-2324 or via email.

Endangered Sei Whale Strands on Kitty Hawk, N.C. Beach

Local, regional, and state partners respond to the Sei whale stranding on Jan. 26, 2023

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N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island Will Be Closed Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Short Closure Will Allow the Aquarium to Complete Important Projects

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Show a Ton of Love with Our 2023 Food Drive

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island invites everyone to join in donating to the Ton of Love Food Drive from January 14 to February 14.

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Fin the Sea Turtle Under Medical Care

Guests that love the STAR Center may have noticed that Fin, an adult female Kemp’s ridley, recently made an appearance in one of the rehabilitation pools. She was removed from her regular habitat in Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue when animal care staff saw her begin to surface for air at an odd angle. She is currently under veterinary care and has received exams, a CT scan, and will be traveling to the NC State Veterinary School soon for further tests. Fin will be moved to a slightly deeper pool behind the scenes to further evaluate surfacing behaviors.

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North Carolina Aquariums Receive Grant Funds to Advance Marine Fish Aquaculture

The North Carolina Aquariums will receive funding over the next three years to build capacity to sustainably breed saltwater fish species and to raise awareness of aquaculture through public engagement. The funding is part of a $750,000 grant awarded to a group of seven facilities by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With this support, the Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, and on Roanoke Island will increase staffing on their animal care teams and expand breeding programs. In partnership with North Carolina Sea Grant, the Aquariums will engage aquarium visitors and their local communities about these important initiatives.

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