I had mentioned to the kids the night before that we could go for a walk on the beach in the morning and watch the birds eat, but I wasn't sure how much of that idea had gotten through.
Quite a lot, actually. Elizabeth woke up, woke her parents up, and then came in and woke me up so we could go down to the beach and do just that. We made it down just before sunrise and took a nice long walk together, enjoying the waves and the sunrise and watching the birds have breakfast from what they could find in the sand exposed by the surf.
After breakfast we went to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and enjoyed the 310,000 gallon tank with the big sharks and fish and such. We were there when they did the live diving demonstration inside the tank, which was pretty interesting. The sharks are always the hit of the show, and this was no exception. There were two divers, one talking on a microphone from inside the tank and the other carefully fending off the sharks as they circled the tank with a t-shaped stick that appeared to be made out of PVC pipe. Apparently the sharks are not particularly dangerous, but they need to be "encouraged" to keep moving and not investigate the divers too intently.
We touched various kinds of rays and got to pick up shells with crabs inside.
After some quiet time in the afternoon we went down for more fun on the beach, playing in the water and the sand and sun until the predictable onset of hypothermia.
We went to Sanitary Restaurant and Fish Market in Morehead City for dinner and got to look at some boats close up, which was a lot of fun.