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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

Longfin darters

The VLM displays only native fishes and invertebrates – with a few exceptions in the coral reef exhibit – so I exert a great deal of effort to maximize the number of interesting species we display. Fortunately, Virginia has one of the greatest number of…

Grackle

Three weeks ago, a bird was brought into the museum because it had fallen out of a tree and did not seem well. This happens almost daily at the Living Museum; many members of public bring us injured or abandoned animals. I responded to the…

Shrimp

A large pink shrimp in our crustacean holding system People are probably more familiar with the steamed, spiced version of shrimp rather than with any of the three live penaeid shrimp species: brown, pink, and white shrimp. They are difficult to distinguish, even to the…

VLM/CNU/Duke Trip

This April 6th – 8th, aquarist Sarah Peake and I accompanied Dr.Brown’s Marine Ecology class from CNU to the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. They go for a fun and hopefully experience an educational field trip; we go to provide some expertise when…

VLM Sea Turtle Physical

Yesterday, the Virginia Living Museum’s loggerhead sea turtle was given a physical examination.  The sea turtle was taken out of the Chesapeake Bay exhibit in order to get both a visual inspection and an internal examination.  The procedure went smoothly and the turtle was under…

Crayfish exhibit

Our “crusty crustaceans” exhibit, which was supposed to be a temporary tank in the Discovery Center, was finally taken down after three successful years and replaced with…crayfish! I know, not a dramatic change and of course they are also crustaceans, but they are cool anyway….