VIRGINIA BEACH Dima Ismail, visiting from New Jersey with her family last week, grew impatient at an Oceanfront intersection. "It took so long for it to say 'Walk,' so we just crossed," she said. At a marked crosswalk without a signal, her cousin, Siri, mistakenly faulted drivers for not stopping as she tried to find a break in the traffic.
Hundreds gather along the beach near the Oceanfront's Neptune Park for the release of three rehabilitated turtles by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team on Monday, August 18, 2014. All three turtles - one green and two Kemp's ridley - had been hooked by recreational fishermen. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)
UPDATE: The swimming advisory has been lifted for the area that includes 22nd to 37th streets. The entire Oceanfront now is open for swimming.
Bright sunshine beckoned beachgoers to the Oceanfront on Thursday, but just off the Boardwalk, a neon yellow sign stopped most in their tracks.
VIRGINIA BEACH Lifeguarding is a family matter for the Diersteins. Jim Dierstein, 66, and his five sons have all been on duty on the sands of Virginia Beach. Two still are.
VIRGINIA BEACH Shore Drive, 8:25 a.m. The pace of life is turbulent on Shore Drive compared with the serenity of the scenic Lynnhaven River it crosses. It's especially hectic on a Saturday morning, prime time for bicyclists. Like sea-weary sailors, they are drawn by the street's siren song: breathtaking beach views; shady, tree-lined corridors; and nearly 15 miles of riding real estate.
VIRGINIA BEACH Pleasure House Point, 8 a.m. Morning dawns slowly along the Lynnhaven River. Late-risers wake to the buzz of cicadas and the alarm-clock beeps of construction trucks backing up with their loads.
VIRGINIA BEACH Five-year-old Fiona Morris of Chesapeake spun around giant jellyfish tentacles made of water bottles and plastic bags at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center recently. The jellyfish is just one of more than a dozen giant sea life sculptures made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches.
NAGS HEAD, N.C. A swimming advisory has been issued for the Jockey’s Ridge sound-side access in Nags Head after tests showed levels of bacteria that exceed state and federal water quality standards. The results were based on five samples taken over a 30-day period, according to a news release from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
VIRGINIA BEACH “Shredder,” a Kemp’s ridley turtle, was hooked accidentally by a fisherman in Virginia Beach on May 23. What's unusual about him: He's missing a fourth of his carapace, or top shell, likely lost to a shark bite. After being rehabilitated by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, he was released back into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday.
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