- Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:26
- Written by Super User
Time to dust-off your dancing shoes for a special birthday party at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Twister, the Aquarium’s spotted eagle ray, turns two and all are invited to celebrate on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Forget the standard “Pin the Tail on the Grouper.” Party like it’s your birthday and boogie down in a “Twist-off” dance competition. Children, ages 12 and younger, can test their eagle ray knowledge and their flexibility during the “Twister’s Game of Twister.” The dancing and games take place during the 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. dive shows. Divers also hand feed Twister during these dive presentations. An oversized card for birthday wishes will be available all day.
Twister was born into human care, on January 20, 2011, through a breeding program involving Disney’s Living Seas and Ripley’s Entertainment. The spotted eagle ray arrived at the Aquarium in March 2012. He received special attention behind the scenes for several months before his debut in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, Cape Fear Shoals, in July 2012. Twister is currently the only spotted eagle ray on public view in North Carolina.
Visitors can easily recognize the animal by the fluid winging movement of his large pectoral fins, a pronounced snout, and, of course, a white polka-dot pattern on the brown dorsal body.
The daily dive shows and Twister’s Birthday activities are free with Aquarium admission.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located 15 miles south of Wilmington on US 421, in 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: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher .