Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab houses the only public aquarium in western North Carolina with more than 20 tanks that display sea horses, sting rays, shark pups, lion fish and a touch tank. It is home to more than 275 fish, invertebrates, reptiles, salamanders and a 2,000-gallon shark study tank. The interactive programs and displays engage people of all ages who want to learn about and enjoy the ocean. The Center also hosts parties and events.