Journey from the shorelines to the depths of the Ocean and experience coastal and marine habitats from around the world.

Clownfish Amphiprion frenatus

Learn more about each animal or the exhibit where they can be found by clicking the images or buttons below! This represents just a small sample of the amazing animals at the Aquarium.

FISH, SHARKS & RAYS

There are tens of thousands of fish species found in bodies of salt and fresh water around the world. We have hundreds of species represented right here! Come see the amazing variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.

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Barracuda

On your next visit, look for our resident barracuda in the Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium. More information on barracudas to come!

BARRACUDA
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Green Moray Eel

Moray eels serve as top predators in the marine ecosystem and actually have few natural predators.

GREEN MORAY
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Porcupinefish

There are over 120 unique species of fish considered "pufferfish," and Marvin is just one example.

PORCUPINEFISH
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Sand Tiger Shark

You can find our resident sand tiger shark's toothy grin in the Norfolk Canyon aquarium!

SAND TIGER SHARK
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Spotted Eagle Ray

Although considered shy, these rays are commonly observed leaping high out of the ocean.

SPOTTED EAGLE RAY
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Zebra Shark

Docile and slow-moving, Mena, can often be found resting on the floor of the Red Sea Aquarium.

ZEBRA SHARK

REPTILES, TURTLES & SNAKES

This class of vertebrate animals is characterized by having dry skin covered with scales or horny plates and breathing with lungs. This grouping includes snakes, lizards, crocodilians, and turtles.

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Komodo Dragon

Teman and Sanchez represent the largest and heaviest of all lizards on earth.

KOMODO DRAGON
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Tomistoma

Tomistoma like Ralf and Sommer are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting.

TOMISTOMA
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Eastern Blue-tongued Skink

This lizard has a pretty unique trait! Meet Zula at the link below or visit the the Aquarium to learn more!

MEET ZULA
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Green Turtle

Can you find Greenie in the Light Tower Aquarium? Hint: Don't be fooled by the sea turtle's name.

GREEN TURTLE
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Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

This is the smallest and more critically endangered of all sea turtles!

KEMP'S RIDLEY
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Malaysian Painted River Terrapin

Learn more or visit the Restless Planet and see if you can find Bau.

RIVER TERRAPIN
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Timber Rattlesnake

For centuries this snake has been warning many hikers and adventurers. Find our resident rattler in the Coastal River Room.

TIMBER RATTLESNAKE
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Egyptian Cobra

One of the most venomous in the world, the Egyptian cobra is recognized by its hood-shaped neck that expands when threatened.

EGYPTIAN COBRA
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Macklot's python

Mack, a nonvenomous constrictor, can be found in the Restless Planet. Look carefully as he might be hiding.

MACKLOT'S PYTHON

AMPHIBIANS

This class of cold-blooded vertebrates comprises frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. They are distinguished by their life cycle, having a larval aquatic gill-breathing stage followed (typically) by an adult terrestrial lung-breathing stage. Amphibians can be found in a wide variety of habitats, with most species living in forested or freshwater aquatic ecosystems.

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Eastern Tiger Salamander

Meet Wiggles our resident ambassador at the video link below or learn more by visiting the Coastal River Room.

MEET WIGGLES
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Hellbender Salamander

This amphibian is also colorfully known as snot otter, lasagna lizard, mud-devil, and Alleghany alligator.

HELLBENDER SALAMANDER
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Poison Dart Frog

The very small amount of poison this frog possesses is enough to make a human heart stop beating.

POISON DART FROG

MAMMALS

This class of vertebrate animals is characterized by having fur or hair and mammary glands, used for milk production and for feeding their young, and almost all mammals have live births. In addition to our seals and otters, be on the lookout for some of our special mammal Animal Ambassadors.

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Harbor Seal

Be sure to visit our friendly seals just outside the Aquarium North Building entrance and enjoy watching one of their regular training sessions.

HARBOR SEAL
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Lesser Madagascar Tenrec

Watch for our resident prickly ambassadors who might be out meeting guests or learn more about Elise at the video link below!

MEET ELISE
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North American River Otter

Visit our playful river otters and enjoy their underwater acrobats when the new South Building opens.

NA RIVER OTTER

INVERTEBRATES

Invertebrates include an immense and varied group of animals, but they all lack a vertebral column (backbone). Some have a protective and supportive shell or exoskeleton. Shells might be bi-valve or coiled, developed naturally or scavenged. From jellies and crabs to all of our shelled animals, see how many invertebrates you can find!

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Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin

Sea urchins are covered with long spines that effectively deter enemies and use their tube feet to “walk” on hard surfaces and along the ocean floor.

SEA URCHIN
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Knobbed Whelk

A very large predatory sea snail, this species is eaten by humans in salads, burgers, fritters, and chowders.

KNOBBED WHELK
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Marsh Periwinkle

This small snail lives in tidal marshes and wetlands throughout the middle and lower Chesapeake Bay.

CHESAPEAKE BAY GALLERY

BIRDS

Birds? At an aquarium? Actually, not only are there many species of marine birds like pelicans, penguins, and seagulls, there are many species of birds that call the shorelines and estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay home. Birds are warm-blooded vertebrates that have feathers and toothless beaked jaws.

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American Crow

You have to meet Russel, our resident American crow in the Upland River Room. She is very social.

AMERICAN CROW