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

Virginia Aquarium Volunteer League Awards Scholarships

June 17, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Volunteer League recently awarded scholarships to several outstanding local students at the Volunteer League annual picnic.
Scholarships awarded are:
The Karen Moyer Volunteer League Scholarship of $3000 awarded to
Sean Wilms, Ocean Lakes High School
The Aquarium Volunteer Leag... Read More

Guest Discounts for Three Decades at the Virginia Aquarium

June 1, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a week of festivities for visitors beginning on Saturday, June 11. Guests will be treated to special events, presentations, and savings from Saturday, June 11 through Friday, June 17.
Aquarium admission will be 30% off for g... Read More

Staff Favorite Komodo Dragon Undergoes Emergency Surgery

May 24, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – One of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's beloved Komodo dragons, Jude, received an emergency surgical procedure to remove her reproductive tract on Tuesday, May 24. She made it through surgery successfully, and has returned to the Aquarium to recuperate. Staff remains cautiously optimistic about he... Read More

Record Breaking Day Shows Program Success, Funding Shortfall

May 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(Virginia Beach, VA) In only the beginning of its second full season, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Stranding Response Pier Partners Program saw a record number of hooked turtles come in on Sunday, May 15.
Fishers at local piers hooked six of the most endangered sea turtles, Kemp's ridley, and the Aquarium Stranding ... Read More

“Sage,” “Basil,” and “Nutmeg” Add Spice to Sea Turtle Season

May 11, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(Virginia Beach, VA) “Basil” has a short road to recovery after being hooked by a recreational angler, but with sea turtles returning to our waters through their seasonal migration, this will not be an isolated incident.
“Basil,” a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, was accidentally hooked at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier on Monday, May 9. Kemp’s ri... Read More

Sensible Kolsch Heralds Sensible Seafood Week’s Arrival

May 3, 2016 | 12:00 pm |  View Release

(Virginia Beach, VA) Virginia's seafood industry is the third largest in the country, making sustainability imperative. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Sensible Seafood™ Program aims to protect our oceans by supporting sustainable fisheries. To celebrate, and introduce, these sustainable alternatives to consumers, the ... Read More