Over a million people live in Hampton Roads, but many might know little to nothing about the plethora of marine life around us. If that’s true of you, The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center can help you change that. In addition to over 800,000 gallons of animal habitat, they’ve got interactive exhibits, a nature path, and marshland. You can see thousands of sea creatures, representing over 300 species. They include harbor seals, loggerhead sea turtles, sand tiger sharks, blue crabs, and much more.
The Center is as committed to conservation as they are to education. So all of the marine life are cared for according to high standards, far beyond what’s required by law. They’re especially interested in the future of majestic whales. And beginning December 26, they’ll be starting their Whales and Wildlife Sea Adventure Boat Trips. Aboard the comfortable Atlantic Explorer, you’ll be able to learn about and view whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals in their natural habitat. The boat leaves from the aquarium’s private dock. You can find more information about the boat trips here.
One of the most popular exhibits is the ray touch pool, featuring beautiful cow nose rays. Don’t worry, they can’t hurt you. You might also enjoy the 70,000 gallon Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium. It contains 3 species of sea turtles as well as a few species of fish that are found off Virginia’s coast. Rumor has it that the sea turtles are quite interested in visitors and provide lots of photo ops. And there’s much more to see and do at this beautiful Marine Center. Visit their website for more information.
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