"Octopus on the 8s is a wonderful way to really learn about some of the most fascinating creatures in the sea,” said aquarium educator Stefanie Misner. “All of the programs we offer on the eighth day of each month this spring and summer will give visitors an in-depth look at these amazing animals!” The programs may include costumes, crafts, films, creative educational programs, and feedings, Misner said.
The aquarium exhibits an octopus of the Octopus vulgaris species. This octopus calls the waters off North Carolina home and can be seen seven days a week in the aquarium’s Oceans gallery.
N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 to 5 daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 ages 6-17. Free admission for: children under 6; registered groups of N.C. school children; N.C. Aquarium Society members.
The state’s three public aquariums are located at Fort Fisher, at Pine Knoll Shores, and on Roanoke Island. Administered by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the aquariums are designed to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. General information: www.ncaquariums.com.
The N.C. Aquariums are accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA and its more than 200 members work together to build North America’s largest wildlife conservation movement, by engaging and inspiring 143 million visitors and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.
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