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Tue June 13, 2006
North Carolina Tidepools -- Life on the Rocks
With school out and summer here, local beaches are filling up with relaxation-seekers. But many who come to take in the sand and waves miss one of the region's most unique geologic features. WHQR's Megan Williams visited the rocky outcrop at Carolina Beach, and brought back this audio postcard...
By Megan V. Williams
Carolina Beach, NC – To be honest, the outcrop doesn't look like much. From the shore, it's just a flat crumble of stone, carpeted with tiny mussels and neon green sea lettuce. And that's what's visible at low tide; at high tide, everything's underwater. But this isn't some failed breakwater or old dump. These rocks make up the only tide pools along the Carolina coast, and provide a natural supply point for the Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Members of the education staff spent a recent afternoon getting reacquainted with the rocks before they start bringing summer campers to them... and picked up a few things for the Aquarium's touch-tank along the way. These are their voices...
You can find out more about the Aquarium at Fort Fisher at their website.
Support for local arts and cultural programming comes from WHQR members, and Landfall Foundation, an organization of residents who support projects enhancing health, education and the arts in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.