Where and Why We Give 10% of Our Proceeds to The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program:
A Portion of our Proceeds goes Directly to Support the
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program.
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, represents a deep, love and commitment to our local community & environment!
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program is largely, a volunteer-based group supported by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation and is funded through grants and contributions from corporations and the community.
The Stranding Response Team averages more than 300 calls a year for everything from stranded bottle nose dolphins, harbor and harp seals, harbor porpoises and humpback whales to loggerhead, Kemp's Ridley and green sea turtles.
Our Pure Paradise Giving Goal:
When you become a customer of Pure Paradise Water of Virginia Beach, you become a Pure Paradise Partner! Together, we can make a difference in this critical service the program serves. Our goal is to be the largest corporate donor to the program and we need your help! As a Virginia Beach small businesses, collectively, we can and should achieve our goal!
In the summer of 2013, the Stranding Response Team
gained national and international recognition when more than 360 dead dolphins washed up along the Virginia shores, including our Virginia Beach. In fact, 172 dolphins, in August alone! It was the "worst dolphin die-off in 25 years! And, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team has been at the epicenter of this disaster. The volunteers responded to call daily of dead or dying dolphins that washed up to shore. In addition, the team continued to rescue and rehabilitate other marine wildlife off our shores.
What would have happened if the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program didn't exist?
There would have been dead and decomposing dolphins on our beaches and in our waterways. With no organization to coordinate the response, the animals would have deteriorated until local officials or private landowners could arrange for their disposal, with no chance of scientific investigation and eventual determination of the cause. Our local businesses that rely on beachgoers would have taken a devastating hit. And the already tragic ecological event could have turned into a more far reaching disaster.
Thankfully, the Stranding Response Team was in place and they were able to respond and minimize its impact on our beaches and marine life.
To make a tax deductible donation, go to: virginiaaquarium.org/savetheocean
To learn more about the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program or get information on volunteering, click on the link below.
(Above) July 2014 – Little Island Pier. An endangered, Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle, named Voldamort by the team, was caught by a fisherman at Little Island Pier at Sandbridge. In partnership with Beach Pet Hospital, Veterinarians and Program Team members X-Rayed Voldemort, performed surgery to, successfully, remove the fishing hook. His rehabilitation involved a round of antibiotics, given a clean bill of health and was released in August 2014.
June 2013 - Stranding Response Team Members remove a deceased dolphin from Croatan Beach.
We ALL depend on the Stranding Response Program to keep our beaches and waterways safe, pristine and inviting for locals and visitors, alike!
Pure Paradise Water of Virginia Beach is honored to support this vital program to our local community and environment.