Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher can see many under the sea creatures from different points of view. Aquarium visitor, Shannon Snively said, “You can see the fish like magnified, and what I like about it the most is because it feels like you're actually in the water.” On Sunday's, the aquarium offers the opportunity to do just about everything, except get in the water, with a behind-the-scenes tour. You can get up close and personal with the animals and see where they get ready for the exhibits. While some of the same animals can be viewed on the regular tour, a few natural treasures remain hidden. “They aren't necessarily on exhibit yet, so it might be a species that we don't exhibit at all, it might be a young species of animal that's a baby that was born here or traded or just recently captured,” said Stefanie Misner of the Fort Fisher Aquarium. On your behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium, not only will you get to see animals you might not otherwise see on a regular tour, but you also get to see feeding from a whole new angle. “I saw an alligator feeding and it was really cool because you actually saw them getting fed,” said Sean Snively. As you would expect, the animals are the main attraction, but there's a lot more that goes into making the aquarium run. “All the husbandry, all the maintenance, the plumbing, the food preparation, the mess that we make, the mess that we make taking care of these animals,” Misner said. Despite the more hectic nature behind the scenes, Misner said it is all worth it when she sees a visitor's face light up. If you are interested in taking your own behind-the-scenes tour the aquarium holds them on select Sundays, but you have to call ahead for reservations. Tickets for the tour cost fifteen dollars.
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