Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Brainwaves at the Beach
óMarine Mammals ó
Ship strike is a leading cause of death for slow-swimming right whales, a critically endangered species. If careless, even people operating smaller boats or personal watercraft such as jet skis can disrupt and endanger marine mammals.
Marine mammals usually can avoid fishing gear, but occasionally they get entangled in nets, fishing lines or hooks. The Virginia Aquarium collaborates with commercial fishermen and Federal agencies to develop equipment and practices less likely to impact species such as bottlenose dolphins.
Dolphins and whales can mistake plastic debris and balloons in the water for food and may die from the ingestion of such trash. Many local organizations, including school environmental clubs, are raising awareness of the ocean trash issue through special events and projects.
If a marine mammal strands on the beach, the Virginia Aquarium is authorized by NOAAA Fisheries to remove the animal for examination or emergency medical care. Stranded animals that can be rehabilitated are released back into their natural habitat. Dead animas are carefully studied to determine cause of death and to collect scientific data that provides a better understanding of the biology and life history of these fascinating species.
If you find a live or dead stranded marine mammal or sea turtle, call Virginia Aquarium Standing Response Teamís 24-hour hotline at (757)437-6159.
Right whale calf with propeller cuts
When in a boat, stay at least 50 yards from dolphins, 100 yards from most large whales and 500 yards from right whales.
Freeing a dolphin from a fishing net
Dolphin wrapped in crab pot line
Donít cast lines or set nets near marine mammals.
Recycle, properly dispose of trash, and donít release balloons.
Stranding Response Team in action
Erected by This project was funded by a grant from National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
Location. 36° 50.669′ N, 75° 58.382′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is located along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1503 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Who's in the neighborhood? (here, next to this marker); Virginia Legends Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away); de Witt Cottage (approx. 0.3 miles away); The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Affair (approx. half a mile away); The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Naval Air Station Oceana (approx. 0.6 miles away); Naval Aviation Monument Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
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