Whether adding exhibits or programs, the North Carolina Aquariums always have something exciting to offer. And this month is no exception. But, instead of new fish, stingrays or otters, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has a new director.
Joe Malat is a familiar face among the fish...he's been at the aquarium on Roanoke Island for 18 years, serving as the exhibits curator. Aquarium administration says he was instrumental in the aquarium's expansion in 2000, when it added its centerpiece, a 285,000-gallon tank called "Graveyard of the Atlantic."
Last year, nearly 300,000 people visited the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
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