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Whale of a Weekend made Big Splash at Aquarium

Aquarium volunteers assist Whale of a Weekend guests dig through gooey “whale stomachs” for clues to identify species of whales. Photo By NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher.

Wide-eyed visitors examined whale lice specimens, junior scientists dug through gooey, pink whale “stomachs” and marine mammal experts engaged the curious in dolphin tales and skeletal differences in whale species. All this and more made for an exciting weekend at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. More than 3,400 visitors attended the Aquarium’s first Whale of a Weekend, March 2 and 3. The event focused on marine mammals and showcased the opening of two new Aquarium exhibits, Dolphin Discovery and Right Whale Quest.
”We are thrilled by visitors’ response to the Aquarium’s newest exhibits Dolphin Discovery and Right Whale Quest,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “These new experiences, along with incredibly fun and informative presentations by partners from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, N.C. Maritime Museum’s dolphin research program, and UNCW’s marine mammal stranding team, created an incredibly successful inaugural Whale of a Weekend.”
Dolphin Discovery and Right Whale Quest allow visitors to discover the wonders of marine mammals throughout the year. The permanent exhibits were inspired by real individual whales and a dolphin documented in North Carolina coastal waters. Visitors can match wits with Holly, a life-like bottlenose dolphin and take a 3-D virtual journey from North Carolina to the Bay of Fundy with North Atlantic right whales, Calvin and Delilah.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive from Wilmington on US 421, south of Kure Beach. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Normal admission: $8, adults ages 13-61; $7, ages 62 and older; $6, ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: .