Today is National #SkipTheStrawDay You can observe this day by not using a single-use plastic straw. Instead, you could drink out of a cup without a straw or use a bamboo, glass, paper, or reusable plastic straw. This small act of kindness can help #turnthetide on marine debris and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up on the world's oceans. Every little bit helps.
Did you know you can host your event at the Aquarium? From weddings to business meetings, we love being a part of memories and special events.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Rent the Aquarium

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Lionfish hunt at night. By spreading their large pectoral fins wide, they corner prey and swallow it whole. They are native to the Indo-Pacific, but are now found in all warm ocean habitats.
Juvenile French angelfish look radically different from their parents. Several types of angelfish start out in one pattern and grow into another.
In this video baby horseshoe crabs are being fed pieces of clam. Did you know a horseshoe crab has 10 eyes! On the top of its shell there are two compound lateral eyes, two median eyes, one endoparietal eye and two rudimentary compound eyes. On the underside, there are two ventral eyes. The tail also has light sensors that help synchronize the horseshoe crab with cycles of light and dark.
Thank goodness it's Friday! Start your weekend right with a glance at some fantastic Fan Photos!

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Aquarium invite community members and volunteers to help bag oyster shells. During this event, volunteers will be filling mesh bags with oyster shells that will be used to build oyster reefs in the spring and summer.

Volunteers are needed to cut, tie, lift and stack shell bags. The event is suitable for adults, organized groups and supervised...
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Happy Valentine's Day! Be sure to check out our dive show! Our divers love teaching visitors about the ocean. Shows are held daily and are free with admission or membership.
Valentine's Day is a hop, skip and a jump away!
If you're looking for something special to give your significant otter for Valentine's Day, sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour!

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Indoor Programs

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Happy International Day of Women and Girls in S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math)!
We have a fresh batch of fan photos ready for your viewing pleasure!

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Hermit crabs, sea turtles, birds and reptiles! Oh, my!

Our Outreach programs bring fun and learning to everyone. From preschool children to high school seniors, from festivals to classrooms on the other side of the world.

Share a Skype program with your classroom! Schedule a live animal Outreach program in North Carolina. Contact our Outreach Coordinator Sam at 252-247-4003 x282 She will...
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Be sure to catch our Facebook Live event today at 1 p.m. We'll be learning about sea turtles.
Join us Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a Facebook Live event where we will take you behind the scenes to learn more about caring for sea turtles!
We're hosting the 5th Annual SciREN Coast work shop! The free networking event brings educators and researchers together for learning and discussion. There's still time to register! Follow the Link for more informaiton: [ Ncaquariums.com Link ]

Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

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We have a new art show up in the Spadefish Art Gallery titled Waterbirds. The show, by artist Rosemary Kramer, features hand-colored, black and white photographs of birds in the waterways of Morehead City and Beaufort. Kramer used colored photo oils to hand paint the pictures.

“This process gave me the ability to add my own colors and to give the picture a more subdued look,” Kramer said.
Happy Saturday from this sun conure! These small South American birds can live up to 30 years. Young sun conures start out with more green feathers and get their bright golden and orange plumage as they grow older. .