July 19, 2009

CRUNCH Equals a Whole Lot of Snapping Turtle

If in the next two weeks you are heading up to the Morehead City area, make sure to make a detour to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Until July 31st they will have on exhibit a 4 foot alligator snapping turtle that tips the scales at 165lbs. This 'little beauty' goes by the name Crunch and is on lend from the Blackwater Turtle Refuge in Indiana.

Crunch can be seen anytime the Aquarium is open. In addition, Crunch will be the topic of Tankside Talks every Saturday at 10 a.m. while he is at the Aquarium. There is no extra charge for the presentations, and advance registration is not required.

The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; open until 9 p.m. on July 16, July 30 and Aug. 13 for Family Nights. Admission is $8 for ages 18-61; $7 ages 62 and up; $6 ages 6-17; no charge for ages 5 and under and members of the North Carolina Aquariums. The Aquarium is five miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. See
http://www.ncaquariums.com/ or call 252-247-4003 for more information.

To learn more about Crunch, check out this excellent video.

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