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NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
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NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

NC Aquarium hosts bewitching Halloween event Oct. 29-30

NC Aquarium hosts bewitching Halloween event Oct. 29-30

Trick or Treat Under the Sea at NC Aquarium Oct. 29-30   PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Oct. 25, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers two bewitching evenings of fishy fun with Trick or Treat Under the Sea on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30. Choose the evening that works best for your family or come both nights for a double dose of Halloween activities with an aquatic twist. Trick-or-treating is the main attraction as little characters and critters show off their costumes and load up on goodies at decorated booths sponsored by local businesses. Aquarium exhibits become haunted waters with décor suited to the occasion. The bolder bunch can venture outside to see the […]

North Carolina Aquarium Succulent Seafood starts October 20

North Carolina Aquarium Succulent Seafood starts October 20

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Oct. 15, 2014 – Find out how to cook the catch of the day with the Succulent Seafood series presented by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The first session of the fall-winter schedule for the popular program is Oct. 20 at Island Grille in Atlantic Beach. The Aquarium teams up with top restaurants to dish up recipes and tips on selecting, preparing and serving fresh, seasonal, local seafood. Succulent Seafood sessions are scheduled for selected Mondays and occasionally other weekdays at 2 p.m. Aquarium staff members share information on the life cycles and habitats of featured seafood species. Chefs provide favorite recipes and personal insights on preparing finfish, shellfish and crustaceans. A taste […]

North Carolina Aquarium hosts volunteer recruitment Oct. 12

North Carolina Aquarium hosts volunteer recruitment Oct. 12

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Sept. 30, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores invites potential conservation ambassadors — also known as volunteers — to test the waters on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12. Drop by between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to talk to Aquarium staff and veteran volunteers about opportunities and benefits. Attendees also will be able to observe volunteers in action at the various stations around the Aquarium. Interpreters are needed for the two popular touch pools. At the Tidal Touch Pool, interpreters offer insight into the life cycles of horseshoe crabs, spider and hermit crabs, ocean snails and other invertebrates. Skate and Ray Encounters interpreters share the joy of touching these creatures. Volunteers also assist in visitor education, […]

Toddler Time returns to North Carolina Aquarium Oct. 1, 2014

Toddler Time returns to North Carolina Aquarium Oct. 1, 2014

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Sept. 27, 2014 – Bring your little ones to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for a special time together enjoying stories, crafts, songs, puppets and animal encounters. Toddler Time begins Oct. 1 and runs on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:20 a.m. The weekly activities in Clearwater Classroom focus on a different animal each week. October’s celebrities include box turtles, fish, octopuses and salamanders. Toddler Time runs weekly through March 25, except no program Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. A Halloween event for ages 5 and under takes its place the morning of Oct. 29. Toddler Time is free with admission and registration is not required.     ###   The North Carolina Aquarium at […]

North Carolina Aquarium open Labor Day

North Carolina Aquarium open Labor Day

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC August 27, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is open normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the Labor Day weekend. Dive shows, live animal encounters, feeding presentations and other programs are offered throughout the day, free with admission. Also free with admission: Dinosaur Adventure, featuring seven species of prehistoric creatures that move and call. This fun blast from the past has been extended through the first week of November. Winging It – Birds in Flight is presented daily at 1 p.m. in Big Rock Theater. Tickets are $2 per person. Behind the scenes tours and outdoor adventures such as stand-up paddle-boarding and a kayak/canoe excursion are offered at various […]

NC Aquariums – Ask the Aquarium – mole crabs

NC Aquariums – Ask the Aquarium – mole crabs

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 […]

NC Aquarium hosts Pine Knoll Shores National Night Out Aug. 5

NC Aquarium hosts Pine Knoll Shores National Night Out Aug. 5

*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 […]

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 […]

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