That tail belongs to a juvenile queen angelfish. These young ones are picky eaters, setting up cleaning stations and eating parasites off larger fish. Adults broaden their diets to include sponges, algae and sea squirts.
Any idea what fish this tail belongs to? Find out tomorrow night!
The best of our 2016 fan photos are up for the vote this week! Each of these photos earned a weekly top honor last year. Now, it's time to crown the grand champion! In addition to bragging rights, fame and making their mama proud, the 2016 Champion will receive a free N.C. Aquariums Family Membership for a year. Winner is based on the number of votes. Click "like" to vote for your favorite....
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Winter weather got you down? Stop by the Aquarium for a splash of color! We have daily programs for all ages and you can find fish of every hue.
The best of our 2016 fan photos are up for the vote this week! Each of these photos earned a weekly top honor last year. Now, it's time to crown the grand champion! In addition to bragging rights, fame and making their mama proud, the 2016 Champion will receive a free N.C. Aquariums Family Membership for a year. Winner is based on the number of votes. Click "like" to vote for your favorite....
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The best of our 2016 fan photos are up for the vote this week! Each of these photos earned a weekly top honor last year. Now, it's time to crown the grand champion! In addition to bragging rights, fame and making their mama proud, the 2016 Champion will receive a free N.C. Aquariums Family Membership for a year. Winner is based on the number of votes. Click "like" to vote for your favorite....
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Green sea turtles got their name because their fat turns green because they eat so much green sea grass and algae. Green sea turtles are one of seven sea turtle species found in the world and one of five found in North Carolina.
The best of our 2016 fan photos are up for the vote this week! Each of these photos earned a weekly top honor last year. Now, it's time to crown the grand champion! In addition to bragging rights, fame and making their mama proud, the 2016 Champion will receive a free N.C. Aquariums Family Membership for a year. Winner is based on the number of votes. Click "like" to vote for your favorite....
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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Aquarium will have a free admission day for all. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to an on-site food drive for Martha's Mission Cupboard.

We will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This tail belongs to a smallmouth grunt. Juvenile smallmouth grunts are found in schools and feed in beds of grass. Adults inhabit rocky areas and coral reefs during the day and open water at night. They feed on plankton, small mollusks and crustaceans.
Can you guess the fish that belongs to this tail? Check back tomorrow night for the answer!
Because of popular demand, the Aquarium is hosting another Valentine's Day Murder Mystery dinner theater on Feb. 11. This year the theme is Hollywood Mayhem and is set in vintage Hollywood. Follow the link to register yourself and your sweetie for the event. Register quickly as this event is very popular and space is limited.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Valentine's Murder Mystery

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Ocean surgeonfish carry scalpel-like spines in the base of their tail. when threatened, they unfold the spines and lash out at their attackers.
On Saturday and Sunday of each week at 11 a.m. there is an otter enrichment program at the North American River Otter exhibit. Talk with our otter keeper and learn what it takes to care for three river otters.
There are so many different things to discover at the Aquarium. To help it climb, this albino rat snake uses smooth scales on its belly that can grip textured surfaces.
Salt marshes form at the edges of the estuary, where salt water meets fresh water. They are habitats for many fish and other animals.
Alligators have nictitating membranes which act as goggles under the water. This membrane is known as their third eyelid.
We hope you have a great 2017!
Make a trash journal, perform an energy audit around your house, learn about your green foot print by using National Geographic Greendex Calculator. [ Natgeo.com Link ]

Knowing what you use and recycle on a personal level can help you make better choices that can impact the world around you.
We are open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day from 9 a.m until 5 p.m Regular admission fees will still apply for both days. Follow the link for ticket prices: [ Bit.ly Link ]