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Love Bites: Anti-Valentines fund-raiser lets you feed your ex to animal

love bites aquariumBad breakup? Was your ex a cheater? A liar?

Do you want to see the demise of your ex – at least symbolically? The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center presents “Love Bites” for the second year.

The fund-raiser helps you skip the Valentine’s Day flowers and candy – and instead feed a roach, rat or other item, named after your ex, to an animal at the aquarium. And you can even capture the moment on videotape if you want to pay a little extra.

All funds raised will support the operations and care of animals at the aquarium.

Here’s the rules:

  • Only first names will be accepted
  • Sales end Feb. 14
  • Personalized videos are limited and should be purchased by Jan. 31
  • You select the food item; the aquarium selects the animal it will be fed to

Menu selections:

  • Roach – Maybe your ex was foul?
  • Cricket – Was your ex an annoying pest?
  • Herring – Was your ex emotionally aloof, or a bit of a dead fish?
  • Rat – Healing from a cheat? A liar? A rat?
  • Worm – Was your ex lower than dirt? Slimy? Heartless?
  • Veggie – Was your ex boring?

Prices range from $5 to $50. The personalized videos are $150.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is located in Virginia Beach.

For more information, visit https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/plan-your-visit/events/love-bites

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.