About halfway between the aquarium on Roanoke Island and the Fort Fisher Aquarium is the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores.
Inside are tanks filled with thousands of gallons of water and fresh and salt water fish, creatures and reptiles found in North Carolina.
But this summer, a lot of people have been spending time outside, on the walkway around the marshland looking at a new summer exhibit called Dinosaur Adventure.
The exhibit features eleven realistic, large-scale moving creatures, which will take your imagination back to when such beast walked the Earth.
"We thought this would be fun," said Julie Powers, of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores. "They move, they call, and some of the make the appropriate scary noise, and two of them, the Dilophosaurus, spit water and that has been a really big hit."
The theme at the Pine Knolls Shore Aquarium is "From the Mountains to the Sea," meaning there are some exhibits at Pine Knoll Shores that the aquariums at Manteo and Fort Fisher don't have.
"We have a mountain waterfall, we have a piedmont exhibit and we have river otters," Powers explained. "Once you get past the coastal plains and to the coastal tides, we have touch tanks. Our largest exhibit is the living shipwreck, 306,000 gallons of salt water, filled with sharks and other fish found off the North Carolina coast. It is also depicts a German U-boat that was sunk off the coast of North Carolina, so it has some human history also."
The Pine Knolls Aquarium also features a large sand sculpture in the front parking area. The walkway beside the marsh area tells visitors about different animals found in the Bogue Banks vicinity of North Carolina.
"In short, it is conservation and education, and we all achieve that thru family fun," said Powers.
The Dinosaur Adventure is on display thru the summer, and the Aquarium is open daily with special programs, tours and adventures available.
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