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Roanoke Island Press Room

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.


Santa Paws Donation Drive

The annual Santa Paws drive for the Outer Banks SPCA goes live on December 1, 2022.

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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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Renovations to take place in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North

Renovations to take place in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North

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