Promotes an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments. The Pine Knoll Shores takes you across the state on an aquatic journey _from the mountains to the sea._ Five galleries depict the aquatic habitats and inhabitants of each major zone _ Mountain, Piedmont , Coastal Plain, Tidal Waters a nd Ocean. Visitors can also watch _ and talk to _ divers in the Living Shipwreck exhibit, meet an alligator or other animal face to face in daily programs in the theater and participate in a number of other fun activities. Outdoors, the Aquarium has two nature trails, a marsh overlook, a Fossil Hunt and a beautiful bronze spadefish sculpture and reflecting pool. Boat cruises, marsh explorations and other adventures are available for a small additional fee.