Wednesday, May 16, 2018
My family and I visited last September and were extremely disappointed. This facility does not offer humane care and housing for their animals. I am not a bleeding heart animal rights activist, just someone who cares about nature and wants to see captive animals treated well. All of the exhibits were small, especially for the sea otters and the baby alligators, who didn't have enough room to even turn around. The sea horse tank was criminally small. Although touching the stingrays is billed as an attraction, kids were playing roughly with them in full view of staff, who did nothing to help the rays, who were clearly distressed. The most heartbreaking thing, however, was the solitary sea turtle left to swim in a tank no larger than a five gallon bucket. I'm a grown man, and it was disturbing even to me - much more my kids, who are old enough to see that the turtle's conditions were inhuman. Also, there is no information on where the animals come from - whether they were raised in zoos/aquariums, rescued, caught wild, etc - and the staff is clueless, too. How on earth this Aquarium is allowed to operate, much less be supported by the state of North Carolina, is a mystery to me. I can't do anything about the fact that this facility got their $12.95 from me, but I will do all I can to dissuade anyone I know from patronizing this aquarium.