Dinosaurs Greet Aquarium Visitors


Too cool for words. ThatâåÛåªs the thought that comes to mind looking at the new Animatronic Dinosaur âåÛåÏTyrannosaurus TrekâåÛå at the Roanoke Island Aquarium.

According to the folks at the Aquarium they are life-size, and they look awfully large walking along the trail beside the Aquarium. Their movements are remarkably smooth, almost life-likeâåÛåÓand they make sounds. Supposedly close to the original sounds based on research done at the University of New Mexico on a dinosaur skull.

The trek passes a triceratops family, a stegosaurus family and finally ends at the feet of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that rears 20âåÛåª feet above hapless wanderers.

The Tyrannosaurus Trek is part of the Aquarium exhibit this year, but the Aquarium itself is worth a visit with a newly installed turtle rehab centerâåÛåÓthe STAR centerâåÛåÓthat allows guests to see the entire rehab process for injured or sick sea turtles. There is also extensive exhibits of the Outer Banks environment, including otters and alligators and the 285,000 Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit that includes the largest shark collection in North Carolina.

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