Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Unveils “Soak It Up!” App

Aquarium’s First App Now Available For Download

Friday, May 17, 2013

(Virginia Beach, VA) – Every visit to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia’s largest aquarium and one of the most visited in the nation, is an amazing opportunity to uncover new worlds of imagination and learning for both parents and children. The best part is that children are able to get up-close-and-personal with the incredible sea life, and now with the new “Soak It Up!” app from the Virginia Aquarium, those favorite underwater creatures can be enjoyed on the go.

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The “Soak It Up!” app allows users to choose one of their favorite sea creatures – Navy the Harbor Seal, Shelby the Loggerhead Turtle, Spike the Puffer Fish or Fin the Shark - and create magical aquatic adventures. Choose a background image such as a pirate ship, the desert or the moon, or use the camera icon to snap a photo and upload for a customized background. Then, accessorize your character with items like hats, jewelry and glasses or color it in with the paintbrush tool. Users can release their personalized animal into the aquarium to join its “sea-mates” and save the final creation to their mobile device or tablet, which then allows them to email it, post it on social media or use as the device’s wallpaper.  The app also contains a PDF map of the aquarium, as well as a link to the website. 


This is the first app created by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and is now available for free download on iTunes and Droid app stores for mobile and tablet devices. For more information about the Virginia Aquarium or the new app, please visit  


The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, in its 25th year, is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, and fulfills these organizations’ exemplary accreditation standards, including those for education, research, conservation and animal care.


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