Explore the “Waters of the Outer Banks” through aquariums and interactive exhibits. Watch fishes and sharks in the 285,000 gallon “Graveyard of the Atlantic” exhibit, which features a one-third scale replica of the civil war ironclad USS Monitor. Explore aquatic habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Gently stroke a stingray or touch a hermit crab in our “Close Encounters” Gallery. See daily dive shows, alligators, otters, turtles, and the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center. Enjoy some of the best views on the island as you stroll down our Soundside Pier and learn about our history and environment. Rent the Aquarium for a wedding, reception or any special occasion. Dive with sharks in our Aquarium Shark Dive program, which is open to certified divers only. Make your family’s island experience truly “fin-tastic” by participating in one of our special activities programs, where fun and learning meet! (Preregistration required).