Finn was recently moved to a deeper larger tank to allow her to swim more and to swim further to reach the surface to breath. She needs to build up muscle before her release. In her old tank at the STAR Center she was stretching using her rear flippers and swimming abnormally.

UPDATE 7/12/17

If you have been wondering about Fin, she/he was moved from the STAR Center to husbandry to give her/him an opportunity to exercise in a much larger and deeper pool. She has recently been trained to target feed.

A basket is lowered into the top of the pool. Fin often enjoys a good back scratch using the bottom of the basket. Afterwards she swims in, the basket is closed, and she is fed with tongs. The basket keeps the fish away from her food ensuring that she gets her proper diet.

Finn enthusiastically target feeding

Finn enthusiastically target feeding

Now with this tricky skill accomplished, she will soon be moved to exhibit in Operation Sea Turtle and Fin Fans will be able to see her again!

UPDATE 7/16/17

Finn has been moved to Operation Sea Turtle* and has adjusted well to her new environment with minimal stress.  Progress!  The public can now visit!

Fin at Operation Sea Turtle!

Fin at Operation Sea Turtle!

*Operation Sea Turtle is adjacent to the STAR Center.  It provides a fun interactive experience for children to diagnose and treat ailing sea turtles. The area also includes a floor to ceiling tank where sea turtles can swim among fish.

Update 11-17-17

Fin is going to have a permanent home at the aquarium!! The vets feel that this would be best because of the way she surfaces to breathe and her loss of some vision and depth perception.

  • age / species: Juvenile Kemps Ridley
  • admittance date: 11-14-14/Pea Island
  • cause: overwash
  • weight: 39.4 lbs
  • outcome: Permanently at NC Aquarium Roanoke Island

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