Sea Turtle Exhibits
Visit our friendly resident sea turtle ambassadors!
Sea turtles are among the most endangered animals in our ocean.
There are seven species of sea turtle found across the globe and nearly all of them are now classified as Endangered. While these species have existed for hundreds of years, we are facing the harsh reality that we could lose them for good. The Virginia Aquarium is dedicated to the important work of sea turtle conservation and is intimately involved in numerous efforts. We have ambassadors for three of the species and we invite you to visit and fall in love with all of them. Leave inspired to join the mission.
Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium
Located 16 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia, the Chesapeake Light Tower marks the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. This aquarium features several fish and turtle species that can be found year-round or seasonally, in the waters below the light tower.
Featured Animals - Chesapeake Light Tower
The green turtle is one of the largest among the hard-shelled sea turtles and second only to the leatherback among all sea turtles. Unlike other sea turtles, “greenies” are herbivores, eating mostly seagrasses and algae.
Kemp's ridley sea turtles are the smallest and most critically endangered of all sea turtle species, and though positive steps are being taken, this lovely turtle species is still a long way from returning to population levels that would allow it to be removed from the endangered species list.