Critter Facts

  • A Shell is Not Just a Shell

    September 30, 2015

    Did you know that seashells can serve as calendars and journals?! If you're wondering how that's possible, look at the ridges on the shell. Notice the different sizes of the ridges.



  • NESS Receives Two Painted Turtles

    June 4, 2015

    Recently we received a generous donation of two adorable eastern painted turtles. They are named Buddy (has deformed shell) and Baby (normal shell). The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America.



  • Squid Fishing

    May 7, 2015

    A lot of the time squid are closer than you may think, but you seldom see them. They stay deep and don’t come out during the day. But at night everything changes. Emboldened by the darkness squid will dart in and out of the shadows, between the murky depths under the submarine lights. Sometimes a whole group of squid will materialize right before your eyes and disappear in a flash. They are attracted to light for the smorgasbord of food items, shrimp, shiners, and plankton. Squid are super aggressive which can make them easy and exciting to catch. They will actively pursue and attack anything that looks like food, including each other!



  • Critter Facts: Osprey

    April 3, 2015

    Ever been sitting on the beach in the summer and hear above your head, “peep, peep, peep, peep”?  You look up expecting a small bird to match such a small voice, instead you see a hawk!!  This small voiced hawk is the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), or fish hawk, and you should start listening for them now!