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Ask the Aquarium: What do shrimp eat?

Ask the Aquarium: What do shrimp eat?

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC July 23, 2014 Q. What do shrimp eat? A. Shrimp are omnivores and scavengers, meaning they eat most anything. Like lobsters, crayfish and crabs, shrimp are crustaceans with segmented bodies, jointed legs, eyes on stalks and hard exteriors. All crustaceans must molt to grow, and some, like shrimp, even eat their discarded calcium- rich shell. There are many species of shrimp. Some live thousands of feet under the ocean on thermal vents. Others, like the ones we’re more familiar with, live in waters from low tide to about 300 feet deep. Along the East Coast, pink, brown and white shrimp are harvested and sold commercially. These familiar varieties belong to the Penaeidae family. A shrimp’s body […]

Dine with Dr. Dino July 19-20 at NC Aquarium

Dine with Dr. Dino July 19-20 at NC Aquarium

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC July 9, 2014 – Dr. Dino brings his passion for paleontology and some of his fossilized finds to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on July 19-20, in conjunction with the summer Dinosaur Adventure exhibit. Dr. Dino, a.k.a. Chris DeLorey and the education director at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fl., has been hunting fossils for educational use for 25 years. Dine with Dr. Dino before or after hours, and enjoy exciting stories from the field, fascinating information about what new research has to say about these prehistoric animals, a narrated tour of the Dinosaur Adventure exhibit and a chance to make souvenir “fossils” from molds of dinosaur bones. Choose from two breakfast programs and an […]

American Red Cross: Shelter Openings and Closings

American Red Cross: Shelter Openings and Closings

WILMINGTON, NC, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:45am – The following is a list of shelters that are opened and closed for those seeking assistance due to widespread power outages from the winter storm: Open: Brunswick West Brunswick High School – opened last night and remains open until further notice (this is a pet friendly shelter) 550 Whiteville Rd, Northwest Shallotte, NC Pender Burgaw Middle School – will reopen at 12:00pm today (this is a pet friendly shelter) 500 S Wright St, Burgaw, NC Columbus Edgewood Elementary School – will open at 1:00pm today (no pets allowed) 317 E Calhoun St, Whiteville New Hanover Codington Elementary School – open and will serve as the primary NHC shelter instead of Noble (no […]

Eastern NC Red Cross Prepares for Winter Storm

Eastern NC Red Cross Prepares for Winter Storm

Tips to Stay Safe during Winter Weather EASTERN, NC, Feb. 11, 2014 – As the southeast once again braces for winter storms, the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is preparing to respond if needed.  Five teams of Red Cross shelter volunteers are on standby in the Cape Fear, Coastal Carolina and Onslow County Chapter areas in the event that shelters need to be opened.   Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) crews are also on standby to drive Red Cross disaster relief vehicles located in Wilmington, New Bern, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Elizabeth City.  These vehicles can be mobilized to transport and distribute food, drinks, and supplies into disaster affected areas when travel becomes safe. With several inches of snow […]

NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch for southeastern NC

NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch for southeastern NC

WILMINGTON NC January 26, 2014 - The National Weather Service Sunday issued a winter storm watch for southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. It will be in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, another Arctic front is set move into the region late Monday, bringing very cold temperatures and the potential for winter weather. This front will stall offshore Tuesday and Wednesday. A low pressure system will develop along this front and move along the coast, bringing an extended period of snow and sleet to the area. An advisory says there is the potential for greater than 3 inches of snow/sleet with a small chance for a period of freezing rain. In the […]

Fresh Catch: Two Cannon Raised from the Wreck of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge

Fresh Catch: Two Cannon Raised from the Wreck of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC August 20, 2013 – Two weapons last touched by pirates almost 300 years ago surfaced from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and are among new artifacts captured Friday in a fall dive expedition. Cannon balls, rigging gear and sounding weights encased in a cement-like shell were recovered Monday from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR). Researchers from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Underwater Archeology Branch recovered two of the smaller cannons from the shipwreck. These would have been used for close firing at ships being pursued by Blackbeard’s pirate crew. This makes a total of 17 cannons that have been reclaimed from the wreck site near Beaufort. The rigging was part of the sail structure, […]

Researchers Return to the Queen Anne’s Revenge Site

Researchers Return to the Queen Anne’s Revenge Site

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC August 14, 2013 — Many unknown treasures and concretion-encased surprises await researchers on the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), near Beaufort. Part two of this year’s dive season resumed this week, and the plan is to recover artifacts from 60 five-foot by five-foot units by Oct. 31. After nearly 300 years on the sea floor, the artifacts often are locked in a concrete like crust of sand, shells and marine life that is removed during the conservation process. This summer’s earlier dive ended in mid-June with the recovery of two eight-foot long cannons. To date 15 cannons have been recovered, and six other cannons that then could not be retrieved now await recovery. Plans to […]

Cakes sweeten Earth Day celebration April 19

Cakes sweeten Earth Day celebration April 19

Atlantic Beach, NC April 8, 2013 – Express your philosophy in frosting! The annual Earth Day Party for the Planet starts off sweetly with Cakes for Conservation April 19. Bakers ages  are invited to put their philosophies into frosting and enter confections depicting frogs, toads and other amphibians, snakes, shellfish, sharks or trout. These are the animals featured under the Party for the Planet theme, Tall Tales – myths and misconceptions about wildlife and the environment. Cakes will be judged on creativity, taste, portrayal of the theme and use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Cash prizes to be awarded include $100 to the winner in the professional category; $50 for the top confection in the amateur division; and $25 […]

NC Aquarium sends students to DC

NC Aquarium sends students to DC

Pine Knoll Shores, NC March 5, 2013 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has teamed up with area homeschool students to help protect the seas. The Aquarium launched the Ocean Action Club for middle school and high school students last September as part of the annual Homeschool Day activities. Next week, two club members head to Washington, D.C. to present their ideas to the National Student Summit on Oceans and Coasts. In the inquiry-based club, said organizer and Aquarium Educator Gail Lemiec, members choose the topic to research and how to implement solutions they develop. “They do something they want to do,” she said. “It’s a good way to get students involved.” Club members voted to tackle […]

NC Aquarium Sends Recovered Turtles Back to Sea

NC Aquarium Sends Recovered Turtles Back to Sea

Pine Knoll Shores, NC Feb. 18, 2013 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores bid bon voyage to 21 sea turtles Friday as they headed back to their ocean home. They had been under the Aquarium’s care for several weeks after suffering a potentially fatal condition known as cold-stunning from winter weather. The U.S. Coast Guard gave the animals a ride away from the chilly coastline to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, 50 or so miles offshore. Because reptiles are cold-blooded, many sea turtles naturally head that way or migrate south when the seasons change locally. Those that stay behind risk cold-stunning, similar to hypothermia in humans. Most of the turtles were young green turtles brought […]