Experience Winter on Land and Sea with Virginia Aquarium Winter Wildlife Boat Trips

Trips run December 27 - March 18 Call (757) 385-FISH for information or reservations

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter obviously changes our familiar landscape but the sea offers some amazing differences as well. To get a different perspective, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers two hour Winter Wildlife Boat Trips which begin December 27.

Guests will find on the 65-foot catamaran Rudee Whaler, a heated cabin as well as outdoor seating on both the upper and lower decks. Guests can enjoy a hot beverage as they cruise along with knowledgeable Virginia Aquarium educators and scan the horizon looking for birds, harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and whales.

Guests may see Northern gannets, brown pelicans, double-crested cormorants and other sea birds plummet into the water in search of tasty seasonal fish. These dramatic birds sometimes lead us to the “bait” that humpback whales and fin whales enjoy. These amazing but elusive mammals of the sea visit the Virginia shoreline this time of year. Educators will teach about these whales as well as the difference between a harbor porpoise and a bottlenose dolphin. Artifacts will be presented to boat guests for an up-close-and-personal look at how massive some of our winter visitors really are.

Winter Wildlife Boat Trips begin December 27 and run through March 18. Admission costs are: adults $28 (12 and older); children $24 (ages 4-11); and children less than 3 years of age are free. Tickets may be purchased at either the Aquarium building or at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center. Visit VrginiaAquarium.com  for a complete boat schedule. Boat trips may be cancelled due to weather which may affect safe boating conditions. Special charter trips are available upon request.  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.  Call (757) 385-FISH for more information, and reservations.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is among the first attractions in the state to become certified as a Virginia Green Attraction. It is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.  For more information on exhibits, movies, boat rides and special events call (757) 385-FISH (3474), (TDD 711) or visit VirginiaAquarium.com.




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