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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

Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 2020 The VLM was built on the idea of conserving and protecting Virginia’s natural resources. We have used Earth Day as the basis of a week-long celebration of our natural world, the numerous conservation projects we participate in and encourage our community to…

Spring in Virginia Streams

March 11, 2020 – March brings with it the promise of spring. The days get warmer, trees and flowers blossom, bees and butterflies begin to fly about, and our allergies start to flare up. Life stirs beneath the surface as well in many of the…

Shark Teeth

What most people think of first when they picture a shark is a mouthful of teeth. As top-level predators, sharks’ teeth are indeed useful for catching food, but not all sharks eat the same foods and therefore they have different types of teeth.    …

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…

Oyster Restoration Project 2017

On September 5 and September 20 of 2017, the VLM sent 8 staff from 3 departments, as part of a collaborative effort between the Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia, to help transport and construct functional oyster habitats out of concrete “castles” that are also designed to…

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…