We are beginning a critical point in human history. Accumulation of human industrial output in the environment is at an historical high. Our oceans absorb a vast majority of man-made pollutants through convection, rainfall, direct run-off of our shoreline, waste water dispersal and industrial disasters (Persistent Ocean Contaminants).
The recent oil spill tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico has brought unprecedented awareness to marine life and ocean ecosystems, but it is not the only significant threat. While this tragedy tops the headlines, history has proven that public and media attention will eventually dwindle. Translating emotion to action becomes more difficult over time.
Historically, Florida experiences by far the highest concentration of whale and dolphin stranding events. On average, over 700 dolphins and whales strand along Florida beaches every year. Of those, 10% are live animals in need of rescue and rehabilitation. In addition, sea turtles and manatee stranding and rescue events add to the demands for adequate facilities, equipment and professional experience.