Tuesday, May 31, 2011

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

On Tuesday morning we headed to the aquarium located just down the island from our hotel. We arrived with around 500 kids who were having a school field trip to the facility.

This reptilian critter looks real but actually is a life sized model.

The North Carolina Aquarium features two hands-on exhibits: the Tidal Touch Pool, featuring a large variety of aquatic invertebrates, and Skate and Ray Encounters.

I was a little crabby during our tour of the aquarium.

Most of the larger creatures inhabit the Aquarium’s centerpiece exhibit, the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck. Along with hundreds of schooling fishes and other animals, they create a swirl of constant motion around a replica of U-352, a German submarine that lost a World War II battle with a Coast Guard cutter off the North Carolina coast. The Aquarium’s river otters also have lived up to expectations of stardom. Judy and I enjoyed the otter show at 11:00 A.M.

Tomorrow - Tour of Historic Beaufort, N.C.


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