Get Up Close with Marine Life on Virginia's Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is full of marine life, and you can get up close with some of the natives this weekend.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is hosting its Eastern Shore Marine Life Day on Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at its lab in Wachapreague, Virginia. The event showcases the marine science research that’s being done both inside the lab and in our local waters.

 VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague, Virginia. Photo: P.G. Ross
VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague, Virginia. Photo: P.G. Ross

Guests will get to interact with marine organisms in touch tanks and live displays, and study creatures under microscopes. The featured displays include shellfish, crabs, fish, and sharks

The event also includes educational activities and crafts. Scientists will be on hand to show off their current research projects.

VIMS’ Eastern Shore Laboratory serves as a field station and a site for resident research in aquaculture. Over its 40-year history, the laboratory has become internationally recognized for shellfish research.

Saturday’s event is free, and the first 50 people registered will receive a VIMS reusable shopping bag. To register, click here.