Seals Showing Up Along Shorelines

January 18, 2017 | 11:00 am |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Virginia’s coastline is home to an incredible array of permanent and migratory animals, and winter brings some of the most amazing visitors - whales and seals!
Each year, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team receives dozens of calls alerting us to the location of hauled out seals, which is helpful for our po... Read More

Kick Off 2017 with the Virginia Aquarium

December 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

Locals' Only Special, January 1 through 31
We love our locals! Receive $10 off each adult Aquarium-only admission ticket Monday through Friday when you show proof of residency. Proof may be a valid Hampton Roads license or valid photo ID with matching current utility bill for a Hampton Roads residence. Some restri... Read More

Virginia Aquarium Shatters Revenue Records for Previous Fiscal Year

December 21, 2016 | 2:00 pm |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) From the inception of a wildly successful Valentine’s Day Dinner with the fishes to the third installment of Mermaid Mondays in April, new and revamped programs were essential to the past operating year for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Final audited numbers were recently posted, and revealed a ba... Read More

Cold Stun Season Arrives with Rhyme

December 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

There’s a chill in the air, the waters are colder. Some sea turtles left, while others were bolder.
Below are the five, we received in November. All are alive, And we’re into December.
Sea turtles need protection, Of that, there’s no doubt. But the early projection Means the weather is out.
Named after Seuss, The turtles will be. Hoping f... Read More

The Holidays Hit the Virginia Aquarium

November 22, 2016 | 11:00 am |  View Release

Sailing with Santa, December 17, 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Set sail with Santa and his crew on a 60 minute cruise along Owls Creek while enjoying refreshments and festive activities. Tickets are $12 for Aquarium members and $15 for non-members. Call (757) 385-3473 for reservations.
Whales & Wi... Read More

Why Does the Bird Have a Dog Toy?

November 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – In the Marsh Pavilion, Tippy, one of our North American river otters, works diligently to remove a treat from a water bottle in his exhibit. At the same time in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, Greenie, our green sea turtle, pulls leaf lettuce from a floating jolly ball dog toy. Later in the day, one of our birds will ... Read More

Virginia Aquarium Hires First Veterinarian

September 1, 2016 | 2:00 pm |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – Marking a major milestone, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is pleased to announce the hiring of its first full time staff veterinarian, Dr. Allyson McNaughton.
Dr. McNaughton is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University in Burna... Read More

Surprise! First Komodo Dragons Hatch at Virginia Aquarium

August 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – Staff at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center received an exciting surprise today when two baby Komodo dragons emerged from a hidden nest in the exhibit. This is the first Komodo dragon birth in the history of the Virginia Aquarium.
Jude, the Aquarium's beloved Komodo dragon that passed away almost exa... Read More

Komodo Dragon Succumbs Despite Surgery

July 19, 2016 | 1:00 pm |  View Release

(Virginia Beach, VA) Jude, the female Komodo dragon that underwent emergency surgery in late May, was humanely euthanized on Monday. Staff was hopeful for a full recovery, but her prognosis at the time was guarded. Despite best efforts, complications stemming from the egg-yolk coelomitis (see-loh-MY-tis) caused her condition to decline.
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Sea Turtle Release

July 18, 2016 | 2:00 pm |  View Release

(Virginia Beach, VA) The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team will release three rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles that were hooked by local recreational fishers this year. The release will be on Friday, July 22 at 9 a.m. along the shore behind Neptune's Park at 31st Street. Parking is limited so an early arrival is strongly re... Read More