Water. The water of the ocean, the water of the Sound, water surrounds the Flying Catnap‘s location on Bogue Banks. The ocean is salt water, the Sound is brackish. The ocean has surf, the Sound is tranquil. The water at Beaufort Inlet can be, well, exciting, as the tide works its magic. Those differences in … More There is more than one way to go paddleboarding on Bogue Banks
There are two kinds of wildlife worth noting (animals, not the places to dine and dance!) for a visit to the Flying Catnap by the Sea: feral cats and coyotes. Both are present on Bogue Banks and in Pine Knoll Shores. We occasionally see feral cats near the Catnap (fitting, ain’t it?). They are healthy … More Wildlife in Pine Knoll Shores
We call Bogue Banks an island but “sandbar” is probably a more accurate term. Bogue Banks is no more than a large collection of sand just slightly off the coast of North Carolina. Sandbars are migratory ground; they move as wind and waves affect them. While that motion may be fine on an undeveloped island like … More Migratory ground
Bogue Banks depends on its beaches. They protect our homes and second homes and are the reason all the “summer folk” come to visit places like the Flying Catnap. Beaches are, however, “migratory ground.” They are made of sand that moves with wind and water. Thus the people of Pine Knoll Shores work hard to … More The final gift of the Christmas Season
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (there are three other sites at Roanoke Island, Fort Fisher, and Jennette’s Pier) will be featuring loggerhead sea turtles this summer. Picture credit: Brian Gratwicke The Aquarium has finished renovating the Loggerhead Odyssey exhibit and will be highlighting the turtles this summer. There is more planned than just the exhibits inside … More Loggerhead Odyssey at the Aquarium
Friday, April 22nd may be Earth Day for most of the Earth, but Earth Day is Saturday, April 16th at the Aquarium! The Crystal Coast is, once again, ahead of the curve. The free festivities will be taking place at Fort Macon State Park. Where else can you get a close-up, hands-on experience with turtles, alligators, lizards … More Earth Day at the North Carolina Aquarium
The federal government is considering a vast expansion of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS). The MNMS was the nation’s first national marine sanctuary. It was created in 1975 to protect the wreck of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and consists of a water column one mile in diameter surrounding the shipwreck from the seafloor to the sea surface. … More Areas Versus Wrecks
The Town of Pine Knoll Shores loves its turtles. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores loves its turtles. Five out of the seven sea turtle species worldwide can be found along the North Carolina coast . So what happens when the world decides to make life really tough for hundreds of sea turtles – mostly juvenile green … More Saving some turtles!