As 2018 winds down this month, activity at the Pier slows down too as we switch over to our winter hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hopefully the fishing will remain good; November had plenty of action with nice catches of drum, blues, trout, sea mullet and puffers.
Several groups have scheduled holiday parties in our Oceanview Hall, including the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles and Spencer Yachts. “N.E.S.T.” volunteers work closely with N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island staffers year round, protecting these important reptiles from human interaction and the elements.
Pier educators, too, have some important dates booked in December, as several Aquarium Scholars school groups are set to visit and enjoy such programs as Wonders of Wind, Beach Explorations, and Solar Boats.
Because many of these inland school students have never been to the Outer Banks before, they light up like Christmas trees when they get to the ocean for the first time. They also seem to thrive on the adventure of the beach and competition of great solar boat races!
While at the Pier, the students usually enjoy a bagged lunch and then cruise our gift shop. Favorites and gifts include Jennette’s T-shirts, crazy or happy socks, shark-tooth jewelry, narwhal stuffed animals and, of course, soft drinks with snacks.