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November 15, 2013

‘Dolphin Die-Off: Unraveling the Mystery’ Sunday at the Virginia Aquarium

Dolphin Die Off: Unraveling the Mystery
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center will feature Stranding Response Research Coordinator Susan G. Barco
for the November 17 Watts Conservation Speaker Series.
Barco will present, “Dolphin Die-Off: Unraveling the Mystery” at 2 p.m. in the IMAX 3D Theater.
The session is free and refreshments will be served following the program.
Since July of 2013, more than 650 bottlenose dolphins have died in the mid-Atlantic region from New York through North Carolina. The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team has been at the epicenter of this historic mortality event, responding to more than 330 stranded dolphins in the state.
For the staff and volunteer members of the team, investigating this historic die-off has involved dealing with everything from tragedy and loss to wonder and discovery.
Barco will use facts, figures and amazing photographs to explain how scientists are unraveling the mysteries behind these
marine mammal deaths and what we hope to learn in the future.
The Virginia Aquarium is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation hosts The Eleanor & Henry Watts Speaker Series.
The Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. The Foundation was formed in 1981, three years before construction on the Aquarium even began. Over the years, the Foundation’s role in support of the Aquarium has not only included garnering financial support to pay for the Aquarium’s exhibits, but it has expanded to include funding of education programs such as the speaker series, and research and conservation efforts through the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program.

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