Watch for Whales

With cold ocean temperatures and plenty of winter wind, fishing has slowed down at the pier. With luck, perhaps the striped bass will make it south to Nags Head this year. Meanwhile, a number of additional ocean animals are likely to show up.

A record number of whales –- mostly humpbacks — were spotted off Jennette’s last winter and spring. Sightings ranged from far-off spouts to closer views of tail-slapping and other behavior. Bring binoculars or use the pier’s two telescopes.

It’s also possible to see seals “hauled out” on the beach near the pier. Usually these occasional winter visitors are just resting. If one clearly looks sick or injured, call the OBX Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 252-455-9654. Always stay back at least 50 yards, as required by federal law.

Cold-stunned sea turtles sometimes wash up in winter. Unlike seals, these animals need to be transported the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island for rehab. Call the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles to report stranded or dead turtles at 252-441-8622.

Family Fishing, School Groups and Summer Camps

The pier’s version of Fishing 101 is offered every Friday morning at 9 a.m. Everything novice anglers need to fish is included – instruction, equipment and bait. Make memories in this two-hour long session.

School groups by the busloads visit the pier during the off season. The education department has developed numerous programs that explore the “green” technologies used at Jennette’s. The students also get a shot at catching fish!

Mark your calendars now for Summer Camp registration beginning Monday, March 17 These week-long camps including Ocean Explorers, Small “Fry” Fish Camp, Waterman’s Ocean Adventures, Junior Ocean Explorers, Fisheries Science, Fishing and Outdoor Adventure.

Under Repair

The aquariums in the main lobby are undergoing repair. Watch for cool, new fish when completed. 

Angler’s Club Campaign

The Angler’s Club offers people the opportunity to own part of the Pier and to express an important message from your family.

Angler’s Club sponsorships cost $500 each and are red in color and shaped like a fish. Click here for more information.

Hours of Operation

May – August: 5 a.m. – midnight
April, Sept., Oct., Nov. 6 a.m. – midnight
December – March 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head
P.O. Box 1445
7223 So. Virginia Dare Trail

Oceanfront, Milepost 16.5 Beach Road
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
“In the heart of Whalebone District”
GPS: 35.910 N, 75.596 W
For more, call 252-255-1501.


North Carolina Aquariums Map

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