PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC August 18, 2014: Q. My kids like catching those little gray, bug-like things in the sand where the waves break on the beach. Sometimes we find them and sometimes we don’t. We’ve heard them called sand fleas. Can you tell us what they are? A. Those are mole crabs (Emerita talpoida), often called sand fleas, sand fiddlers, sand bugs or sand hoppers. Looking more like insects than crabs, these busy little crustaceans show up in early spring in the pounding surf zone – a tough place to eke out a living. As you’ve seen, mole crabs are small, measuring only an inch to an inch and a half long. They are harmless and live in large […]
Aquariums in North Carolina
*UPDATE: The Town of Pine Knoll Shores has CANCELLED National Night Out scheduled for tonight in the parking lot of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores due to weather conditions. This applies only to the Pine Knoll Shores event. The Aquarium will close as usual at 5 p.m. Thank you. National Night Out at NC Aquarium Aug. 5 PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC July 31, 2014 – Celebrate National Night Out on Aug. 5, 2014, with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and the Town Pine Knoll Shores. The Aquarium stays open late and offers free admission for kids 12 and under, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Find more free family fun outdoors in the Aquarium’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC June 11, 2014 – After you’ve seen the bygone beasts of Dinosaur Adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, come inside for another peek at the prehistoric past with Way-back Wednesdays, themed around ancient animals. Activities every Wednesday through Aug. 27 focus on living links to distant history. Enjoy a stingray feeding at 10 a.m. The Creature Connection live animal program at 11 a.m. and an animal encounter at 2 p.m. also highlight creatures – alligators and sea turtles, for example — with ties to early times. At 3:30 p.m., show off your acquaintance with long-ago creatures in an Aquarium jeopardy game. The little ones enjoy crafts on dinosaurs, horseshoe crabs and other […]
PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC June 11, 2014 – Bring the flock for family fun at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores with Winging It – Birds in Flight. The ticketed program stars native raptors and water birds, some of which soar overhead in Big Rock Theater in response to commands. The show highlights the unique features of various owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. The 2014 program uses the fun premise of a field trip with a wildlife biologist and an absent-minded intern to illuminate environmental issues that trouble these species, and solutions that can be incorporated into everyday life. All the birds in the show have […]
PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC April 14, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a personal touch to make the conservation connection at the annual Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival this Saturday. The Aquarium’s traveling touch tanks put live animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs at your fingertips during the event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park visitor center. Also enjoy live music by Gumbo Lily and fun, hands-on activities for children. More than 20 organizations annually join together for the observance, which is free. The Aquarium continues its celebration with a week-long Party for the Planet through April 26, emphasizing green places and spaces. Look for helpful displays among the […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC April 2, 2014 – Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese. A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways. Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Summer Camps at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are where lasting friendships are made. Where fun and adventure go hand-in-hand. Sign your child or children up today: Click here. Call 252-473-3494 ext. 232 if you have further questions.
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Dunes of Dare Garden Club ladies helped the North Carolina NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Outreach Coordinator, Rhana Paris plant a bald cypress tree with NHES Kindergartners for Arbor Day last Friday. Working as a partner with and in our community, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.