Apr 22, 2020
Today is Earth Day and I would like to take this opportunity to share something solemn with all of you. The Vancouver Aquarium is at risk of being shut down forever as a result of not being able to secure funding that is necessary to keep their 70,000 marine life safe and alive. They have been closed for more than a month now and the staff are still working to ensure every organism inside is being cared for. However, they will not be able to do this indefinitely. Unfortunately, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (MMRC), one of the largest and world-renowned rescue facilities— largely funded by Vancouver Aquarium— is inevitably facing the same dire situation.
Many people have the misconception that aquariums are always definitely bad. I won’t deny this. Depending on where it is located, some aquariums are probably pretty terrible. However, what sets the Vancouver Aquarium apart is that they are non-profit and are leaders in marine research, education, conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation. The MMRC, a state-of-the art hospital, rehabilitates, and releases over 150 marine mammals each year. Research outcome from both the Vancouver Aquarium and MMRC are shared with veterinarians and researchers around the globe in effort to improve life in the ocean. If there is anything we can all agree on, it’s the fact that if our oceans die, all of us will go down with it.
If you want to support my work AND contribute to this important cause, I set up a special listing on my Etsy shop. Should you decide to donate this way, I will send you a random colored Chubby Crystal-Blushing Whale. Although you won’t be able to choose the color, rest assured that 100% of the net donation (basically minus shipping and cost of the listing) will entirely go towards the MMRC. Because it is quite labor-intensive to pack and mail out parcels, I can only start doing this in increments of $75. Thank you for your understanding! Like the donations I was regularly making for the rescue since 2015, I DO NOT PROFIT FROM THESE FUNDRAISING SALES!
Thank you so much for reading this post and please stay safe, stay indoors, and wash your hands!!