Sea turtles are among the most endangered animals in our ocean.

Sea Turtle Exhibit7

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

Light tower Aqu Turtle Exhibits

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

Green Sea Turtle

One of the largest hard-shelled sea turtles, and second only to the leatherback among all sea turtles.


Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The most abundant sea turtle species found off the coasts of the United States


Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

The smallest and most critically endangered of all sea turtle species.