The centerpiece of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic tank exhibit, where scientists have created a mini ecosystem for sharks and other ocean dwellers.
NC Essential Science Standards Alignment: 6L.2.3 — Life Science/Ecosystems/Understand the flow of energy through ecosystems and the responses of populations to the biotic and abiotic factors in their environment/Summarize how the abiotic factors (such as temperature, water, sunlight, and soil quality) of biomes (freshwater, marine, forest, grasslands, desert, Tundra) affect the ability of organisms to grow, survive and/or create their own food through photosynthesis.
- What is the North Carolina Aquarium STAR Center, and why is it important?
- What happens to sea turtles at the North Carolina Aquarium after they have been rehabilitated?
- Why have aquarium scientists constructed a mini ecosystem within the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit?
- Why do you think the birth of a sand shark in captivity is “quite an accomplishment”?
- National Geographic: Sand Tiger Sharks
- Smithsonian Magazine: Baby Sand Sharks Devour Their Siblings While Still in the Womb
- Seaturtle.org: North Carolina Sea Turtle Project
- PBS LearningMedia: Sea Turtles