Plants & Animals

  • The Tropical Reefs of North Carolina?

    Prompted by the prospect of wind energy development off North Carolina’s coast, researchers are finding reefs with tropical fish and corals right off our coast.

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    Experimental probes detect motion in sea turtle nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, giving park managers flexibility and the hatchlings a cell phone connection.

  • The State of the Sharks

    Some say sharks are endangered, others that great whites are on the surge. We take you on a shark research ship to learn what’s happening to our coast’s top predators.

  • The Plight of the Monarchs

    Soon the monarch butterflies will begin their fall migration along Eastern North Carolina. However, some experts say this keystone species is in serious trouble.

  • What’s in Those Oysters You’re Eating?

    A recent study takes a closer look at what’s accumulating in the oysters of Brunswick and New Hanover counties. In the first of two parts, we detail the research of a contaminant banned in Europe but commonly used here.

  • UNCW Lab at Center of Dolphin Deaths

    Dolphins that die along the southern N.C. coast often end up at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where scientists have played a major role in investigating the recent viral epidemic that has killed thousands of dolphins.

  • ‘A Terrible Milestone’

    They are washing up on beaches and in estuaries, both the dead and the dying. More than 1,000 bottlenose dolphin have died along the East Coast since July. “It’s a terrible milestone,” says a scientist who has examined many of them.

  • The Flight of the Oystercatcher

    Little backpack transmitters attached to six American oystercatchers are helping N.C. scientists understand the plight of a troubled species.

  • How Many Alligators in N.C?

    To try and answer that question, Lindsey Garner, a graduate student at N.C. State University, is conducting the first alligator census in the state in 30 years.

  • Sea Turtles and Technology

    There may come a day when new technology will help predict the beginning of life for one of nature’s oldest species.

  • Tracking Giants of the Cape Fear

    State researchers catch and tag Atlantic sturgeon that prowl the Cape Fear River. The tags allow researchers to follow the movements of the endangered fish. Keeping track of them will help protect these ancient giants.