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Aquariums to Celebrate World Oceans Day

North Carolina’s aquariums are celebrating Saturday as World Oceans Day, an international observance that provides the opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s shared oceans.

At the Roanoke Island aquarium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday will be educational activities celebrating the ocean, free with regular admission.

Jennette’s Pier is celebrating World Oceans Day noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with the Pier to Pier Beach Cleanup. The beach cleanup starts at Jennette’s Pier and ends at Outer Banks Fishing Pier. A shuttle will be available after the cleanup. email jenna.livernois@ncaquariums.com or call 252-255-1501, ext. 212 for more details.

At Pine Knoll Shores, the focus will be on plastic pollution prevention and how marine debris affects marine life. Visitors can learn how long it takes plastics to degrade through an interactive activity, how baleen whales eat, pin the jellyfish dinner to the sea turtle and make a craft to take home.

Fort Fisher is hosting a Party for the Planet and Spring into Action at the beach to celebrate World Oceans Day.

Volunteers are needed to help plant sea oats or to clean up the beach from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. The first 100 preregistered participants will receive one free admission ticket to the Fort Fisher aquarium to be used that day.

Boxed water and donuts will be provided at the free program to be held outdoors at the beach. Please dress and pack accordingly and do not bring any single-use plastic. Registration is required and can be done online.

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