By Mary Jaskowiak

A young girl observes a sea spider, a marine arthropod, crawling on sea lettuce.

A young girl observes a sea spider, a marine arthropod, crawling on sea lettuce.

Zach (AmeriCorps Member) teaches visitors about the Tulip Snail, a predatory gastropod who is attached to oyster shells.

Zach (AmeriCorps Member) teaches visitors about the Tulip Snail, a predatory gastropod who is attached to oyster shells.

Touch Tank Tuesdays are in full swing at our southeast office in Wrightsville Beach. Every week staff and interns fill a 50 gallon tank with local sea critters. The tank is then open to the public, so visitors can experience coastal creatures firsthand.

Touch Tank Tuesdays are free and are part of our Discover Your Coast Education Programs. Touch tanks are open every Tuesday in June, July, and August from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center, 309 West Salisbury Street in Wrightsville Beach.