A cutting-edge, $2.8 million seawater lab got its official launch over the weekend, giving students and scientists more ideal conditions under which to study marine life.
The Eastern Shore Seawater Laboratory is unique for being built mere feet from a coastal inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in the seaside village of Wachapreague in Accomack County.
"The sharks are right here, the lab is right here, the seawater's right here," marine scientist Rich Brill said in a prepared statement. "If you're working with sharks or other coastal and open-ocean species, this is the place to be."
Brill is a researcher with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, which is affiliated with the College of William & Mary. The new lab is part of VIMS' Eastern Shore Laboratory.
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