May marks the start of our summer season, with extended hours of operation —
6 a.m. to midnight — that run until fall.
Cobia season officially begins this month, but it’s anyone’s guess when they’ll arrive. Most anglers use a threshold of 70-degree ocean water before breaking out the live-bait fishing equipment.
The demand to help stranded marine mammals switches over to sea turtles this time of year. Interactions at the Pier are handled with care, and the Pier-designed special release basket is ready. Healthy turtles go right back into the sea, while sick or injured ones are taken to the STAR Center at nearby N. C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
This year marks the fourth year since Jennette’s became a member of the Loggerhead Marine Life Center’s Responsible Pier Initiative. Anglers and other visitors can read about the program on signs located pier-side.
For volunteers who want to help animals, there’s a training session for the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) in our classroom Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m.
Two types of special events start in May too. Wedding receptions in Oceanview Hall and surf contests on the south beach. The Eastern Surfing Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regionals kick things off May 3-5.