Jennette's Pier staff made good on their 2018 resolution to make things “greener” around the pier, and 2019 promises even better improvements. This spring, our education department will deploy 12 brand new bright blue recycling containers and 42 cig-butt recycling tubes in our parking lot.

Remember to use wet hands or a damp rag when holding a fish. We like to say Reel, Record, Release meaning reel it in, record a quick digital or mental image, and then release it safely.

Now that winter’s cold weather has arrived, pier staff are gearing up for another year of assisting the OBX Marine Mammal Stranding Network. “Hauled out” seals often get things rolling in January, but whale and dolphin strandings are possible, too.

Speaking of dolphins, a new exhibit will go on display this winter in the main lobby of the Pier house. “Moe,” a re-articulated bottlenose dolphin, will be suspended from the ceiling, and educational graphics will accompany the skeleton.

That way students, such as Aquarium Scholars on field trips, can learn more about these fascinating, warm-blooded animals. Often, these playful mammals can be seen frolicking in the surf near our pier.

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