Thanksgiving reminds us of all the things we have to be thankful for at Jennette’s Pier. Our wonderful facility, perched at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Nags Head, allows for bountiful fishing, unique teaching opportunities, and a one-of-a-kind wedding location.
Mother Nature typically delivers a few extra gifts in November. For example, humpback whales, migrating south, can often be seen lumbering past our thousand-foot Pier — always a visual treat for sightseers.
With whales, dolphins and seals making appearances this time of year, many Jennette’s staff members serve an important role as first responders for the OBX Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
The Pier will soon house a skeleton from a Gervais’ beaked whale, which stranded in Salvo on Hatteras Island back in July 2012. A team from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort prepared and re-articulated the bones as a hanging display, scheduled for installation Nov. 27.
The skeleton is being loaned to Jennette’s until a bottlenose dolphin skeleton and a pair of pygmy sperm whale skeletons, a mother and calf, are prepared for permanent exhibit at the Pier.
So when in Nags Head, be sure to stop by Jennette’s, where you’re always “whale-come!”
Finally this month, be on the lookout soon for a special notice about #GivingTuesday — it's a great time to support the NC Aquariums with a tax-deductible gift.