Discover the amazing underwater world of the Aquarium. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience coastal habitats from around the world. Thousands of animals representing over 300 species, displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits, are ready to enchant, entertain and inspire you!


Animals

Cownose Rays

Cownose Rays

Cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) are found in both ocean and bay environments along the east coasts of North and South America, as well as the Gulf of Mexico.​

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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is the second largest owl in North America, weighing just over four pounds and measuring over two feet long with a wingspan of three to four feet.

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Harbor Seals

Harbor Seals

Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are marine mammals and classified as pinnipeds, which means "fin-footed." Their streamlined bodies help them move gracefully through the water, reaching speeds up to 12 mph.

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Loggerhead Turtles

Loggerhead Turtles

Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) are found  worldwide in subtropical and tropical ocean waters and in coastal waters such as bays, lagoons and river mouths.

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North American River Otters

North American River Otters

River otters (Lontra canadensis) range throughout the United States and Canada. They are typically found in streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries and salt and freshwater marshes.

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Sand Tiger Sharks

Sand Tiger Sharks

Sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus) can grow to nearly 10 and a half feet and weigh over 250 pounds. Like all sharks, their bodies are designed to obtain food.

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Exhibits

Aviary

Aviary

Located behind the Marsh Pavilion on Owls Creek, the Virginia Aquarium's Aviary is a fascinating collection of over 70 unique birds representing 30 different species.

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Blue Crab Corner

Blue Crab Corner

For centuries, the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) has been woven into the cultural, economic and culinary fabric of the Chesapeake Bay. 

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Chesapeake Bay Touch Pool

Chesapeake Bay Touch Pool

Meet several animals like the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) that call the Chesapeake Bay home.

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Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium

Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium

Three species of sea turtles, the most species exhibited together anywhere, paddle about the 70,000-gallon Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium.

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Indonesian Volcanic Island

Indonesian Volcanic Island

Indonesia's Flores Island represents a time when Virginia, and much of the world, was dominated by volcanic activity during the Precambrian period.

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Malaysian Peat Swamp

Malaysian Peat Swamp

The Malaysian Peat Swamp resembles Virginia during the Carboniferous period when peat began the process of forming Virginia's coal.

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Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea

The Coastal Sahara Desert meets the Mediterranean Sea and creates conditions similar to Virginia during the Silurian period.

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Red Sea

Red Sea

The Red Sea Habitat represents a place where the land is separating, or rifting. During the Triassic period, Virginia was along a rift zone that led to the creation of the Atlantic Ocean.

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