Neighborhood Alert!

Neighborhood Alert! (HM20UB)

Location: Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Country: United States of America

N 36° 50.669', W 75° 58.382'

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Brainwaves at the Beach

—Marine Mammals —

Because marine mammals are vital members of a balanced ecosystem, Federal laws are in place to minimize the impact of human actives on their health, behavior and habitat. Any action that changes the behavior of a marine mammal is considered harassment. For example, it is illegal to swim with, chase, or feed wild marine mammals because these actions disrupt their natural behaviors and can endanger their lives.

Beware Boats
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.

Accidental Entanglement
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.

Dangerous Debris
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.

Aquarium Stranding Response Program

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 Team's 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
Don't cast lines or set nets near marine mammals.

Beach clean-up
Recycle, properly dispose of trash, and don't release balloons.

Stranding Response Team in action
HM NumberHM20UB
Placed ByThis project was funded by a grant from National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
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Date Added Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 413246 N 4078062
Decimal Degrees36.84448333, -75.97303333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.669', W 75° 58.382'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 40.14" N, 75° 58' 22.92" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Beach VA 23451, US
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