Our World Tuesday: Fort Fisher, the Aquarium

Last week, we visited Fort Fisher, which is south of Wilmington and was an important defense against Union naval forces during the Civil War.  The earthworks are in pretty good shape considering their age and Mother Nature's lack of concern for sites of historical significance.  
This directional marker makes it pretty clear that times change, and Mother Nature doesn't get much consideration in the process.

Of course we checked out the canon.  We couldn't see above the earthworks, though, and we wondered how much seeing your target had to do with firing at it.

The walk around the fort took us through a marsh teeming with young birds and frogs and filled with tall grasses that kept these marvels hidden, for the most part.
After our visit to the fort, we proceeded to the aquarium, where we met this box turtle prowling about for lunch
and this albino 'gator who didn't much love being stuck in a kiddie pool when there's so much real water out there to enjoy.  
Zoos and aquariums seem to me to be variations on Alcatraz for wildlife, but I sometimes wonder if these animals aren't sacrificed for a good purpose--to make people aware of the splendid wonders of the world beyond the pavement.  Yet, the people who go to these places get that or they wouldn't be there.  I don't know.

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  1. love the gator! such a neat creature! always love a good turtle or tortoise, too.

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  2. For those who can't afford to travel? Is it a cheap price to pay?? Lovely photos. Nice trip. I bet there were Marsh Wrens singing...

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  3. Never seen an albino gator before!

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  4. I know what you mean about zoos and aquariums. I hope they serve a good purpose, that people learn to honor our animal coinhabitants of this earth.

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  5. Great shots. I always enjoy visiting Fort Fisher. It's been a while since I've been there.

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  6. Yes, animal prisoners -
    Animal ambassadors.


    Aloha

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  7. I think a lot of us feel the same way about zoos and aquariums. I wish the animals could be protected without being locked up! Lovely post and photos for the day, Sandy, as always! Have a great week!

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  8. Great place. Thanks for the tour.
    The last shot took me by surprise! :)

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  9. nice place to spend a day.

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  10. beautiful turtle and gator.
    I love turtles but gators....don't know if I would like swimming with them and they swim in salt water too.

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  11. Very nice post...looks like a pretty remote area. Ah, to be relegated to a kiddie pool - such a life for an alligator.

    My "Our World Tuesday" is at:

    http://rnsane.blogspot.in/2013/07/our-world-tuesday-week-97-nighttime.html

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  12. A nice place to visit, love the turtle and gator. I hope these critters are happy! Great post, Sandy! Have a happy 4th of July!

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  13. Technology, history but no nature - a strange mix given that you cant have the first two without the last.

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  15. Zoos also do a lot of good when it comes to breeding and conservation. A number of species would be extinct if it wasn't for the breeding programmes they carry out. As long as they are then released into the wild I have no problem with some zoos.

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  16. an albino 'gator--how interesting. i know we need zoos to breed and protect animals but i always feel sad for the animals in the zoo.

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  17. I have the same feelings when it comes to zoos and such. Seems so sad for the animals!!
    Sigh
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  18. Well said of the animals, who cannot speak for themselves. A fine post!

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  19. I love visiting old forts like that one and inspecting the cannon and wondering how it all worked.

    Aquariums and Zoos are pretty controversial. I have to admit that I like going to them and seeing the critters and I will also admit that even the biggest, lushest enclosures don't seem near big enough.

    Most legitimate zoos that I've been to do a good job of educating people not only on the specifis of the critters but also on their habitat and endangered status and such.

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  20. I have mixed feelings on zoos now ...used to love them, took our kids, learned a lot (and why shouldn't other people), but .....

    Looks like a fascinating place to visit here though, nice combo of nature and history.

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