A visit to the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Sun, 02/22/2009 - 04:42.

Thursday of this week we decided to drive down to Pine Knoll Shores for a visit to the NC Aquarium.  We have been at least three times before, but we enjoy every visit.  We always find something new.

This time we decided to buy a family membership so could come more often.  It was a great day to visit since the temperatures were in the mid-sixties when we got there.  We planned to do a little hiking.

After getting our membership squared away, we heard an announcement for a snake presentation.   We cannot seem to resist a free presentation so off we went to learn about NC snakes.  It actually was a good presentation, and certainly helped us enjoy the outside snake exhibit later in our visit.  The snake expert even had a good-sized corn snake who seemed to enjoy crawling around the presenter's neck.

My wife was still enjoying the snake event as I was getting anxious to visit my favorite fish tanks.   It was not long before we wandering the halls and gazing at all the finned creatures and some furry ones.  We managed to catch the show of the divers in the main tank.  I like their "shark guidance sticks."  I think it would take more than that to get me in the tank.

My favorite fish in the big tank is Goliath Grouper which can reach 500 lbs.

I got to get up close and personal with some of favorite fishes including some beautiful red drum.  As always we got a kick out of the baby turtles in the nursery. 

We did not quite make it to the gift shop since we wanted to get outside and figure out the trails.  We headed out on the boardwalk to the marsh.  We found that a wind had kicked up and the sound was now covered with whitecaps.  It was actually a little cool in the breeze,but nice if you could get out of the wind. We did get by the snake exhibit and figure out where the trails are for our next visit before we decided it was a little cool for hiking.

One of the highlights of the trip for me was a juvenile blue heron.  I have such a challenge getting decent pictures of the giant blue that lives behind our home, that it was a real treat to work with a cooperative subject.

I can highly recommend the Aquarium.  Most of their programs get posted here on the website.

This is a short slide show of our visit and the drive back down the beach to Emerald Isle.

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