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Virginia Fishes

Virginia FishesAs the Virginia Living Museum's Aquarium Curator, Chris Crippen manages the indoor aquatic habitats and aquatic program animals representing over 15o species of indigenous fish and invertebrates living in habitat aquariums ranging from 30 to 30,000 gallons. His passion for Virginia Fishes is shared here. View Original Blog

Monarch Madness

Friday, September 21 2018 marked the fall equinox. Somehow this day is a trigger for the monarch butterflies to begin their epic migration to the forests of Mexico! However, there are many obstacles the butterflies face on this long journey, and the numbers that make…

Gingersnap’s Big Release!

The VLM partners with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (PKS) in a loggerhead sea turtle “head start” program, where the VLM houses a young loggerhead every few years in the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium (CBA) exhibit. The turtle becomes an educational ambassador, educating…

Sea grass restoration project

May 27, 2017 We recently participated in the largest seagrass restoration project in the world run by the Nature Conservancy and Virginia Institute of Marine Science. We were trained to identify and collect the seed bearing structures of eelgrass while snorkeling over thousands of acres…

Two New Sandbar Sharks on Exhibit!

November 9, 2016 Welcome our two Sandbar Sharks to the Virginia Living Museum’s Chesapeake Bay Tank (CBA)! We are continuously acclimating new fishes to holding systems and exhibits here at the VLM and sharks are no exception. As our fishes grow, they are moved to…

Oyster Castle Reef Construction Part II

August 25, 2016 Several VLM staff members from three departments recently headed to Chincoteague over two day-long sessions in May to help the Nature Conservancy construct artificial oyster reefs out of concrete “castles”. Staff and volunteers met at Chincoteague wild and beautiful USFWS National Wildlife Refuge…

“Fred” the nurse shark makes his debut

  Watch this video of nurse shark entering tank. Our relationship with “Fred” began with an email. Our aquarium professionals’ list-serve occasionally includes postings for animals that need to be rehoused for a variety of reasons. Most of these fishes have outgrown their tanks at…

Seahorse Genetics Project

The VLM is part of the lined seahorse SSP (Species Survival Plan), as part of the goal to “cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations” by breeding seahorses at our facility and sharing/exchanging surplus with other institutions involved in the SSP. A major part of any…