Virginia Aquarium Otter Dies of Old Age


(Virginia Beach, VA) – “Cash,” an 18-year-old North American River Otter at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, was humanely euthanized Thursday, December 29, 2011, after a year of declining health due to his age.

Cash had been fairly comfortable until the last week, when he became lethargic and refused food.

Cash was one of the two original otters when the Marsh Pavilion exhibit opened in 1996. His exhibit buddy, “Tango”, passed away six years ago. River otters live 8 -13 years in the wild, and into their 20s in captivity.

“He will be missed greatly, especially by Aquarium staff and guests,” said Marketing Director Linda Candler.

“But we take comfort in knowing what a wonderful ambassador he was for his species and the Aquarium.”

The Aquarium has four other otters: Pungo, Willoughby, Tippy and Homer.

The otter habitat is in the Aquarium’s Marsh Pavilion.


Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes Will have Fewer Runs during Winter Months


MANNS HARBOR — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division announces it will have fewer departures at its Cedar Island-Ocracoke route beginning Dec. 28, 2011 through February 29, 2012. The decision to offer fewer runs is based on traffic data from previous years and is intended as a cost savings measure.


The schedule will be:

  • Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and
  • Departing Cedar Island at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke schedule will continue its normal winter schedule of:

  • Departing Ocracoke at 7 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. and
  • Departing Swan Quarter at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Spring and summer schedules will be announced at a later date.


For updated information about ferry schedules, call 1-800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and press 1 or sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going to

Staying home to dye your eyebrows…or go out on dates? Andy Warhol had the answers.

photo courtesy of *clairity*,


Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 –

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, you’re invited to come “Explore the Arts: Pop Art and Andy Warhol” in Virginia Beach.

The event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Central Library near the heart of Virginia Beach’s Town Center area. The address is 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452.

For the full experience, feel free to come “dressed for the occasion”. Put on your striped leggings and colored wigs and come learn about Andy, the pop artist and filmmaker. Those who attend will “observe samples of his work”.

Bring a co-worker, friend, or even family member. The event will be a social gathering as well as educational forum.

Andy, once famous for wearing his signature black polo neck jumper, once said: “I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night, I start spreading rumors to my dogs.”

Pop art will be the topic of discussion during the hour.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to create a pop art creation to take home! Warhol once said, “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

Ages 8-11 are welcome.

To register for this event, call the Central Library at (757) 385-0150.