In 2008, our resident eastern hellbender came to the Nature Center. Local fisherman brought him in because he was caught on their fishing hook and they had no idea what he was! Despite the mystery that surrounds the hellbender, he is still a gateway to discussion about conservation because of their sensitivity to pollution. The Nature Center is home to a triage center where the NCWRC can bring an injured hellbender for stabilization. Growing up to 2 feet long and weighing up to 2 pounds, the eastern hellbender is the world’s third largest salamander. Hellbenders take residence under rocks and if their homes are disturbed, it is very difficult for them to establish a new territory.