Endangered Species Act of 1973
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972
Animal Welfare Act of 1966
Protect you from the sun (if applicable)
Protect you from the spread of diseases
Protect you from injury while on a response
Boots (close toed shoes)
Stranding Response Sheet
Sun protection (sunglasses and/or hat)
Pick up every animal for a necropsy
Jot down notes about the stranding in a notebook
Filling out a stranding response report to the best of our abilities
Person walking on the beach
Go and respond and after the response is over, call the hotline/Stranding Coordinator
Call the Stranding Coordinator(s)/Hotline first to notify stranding network of the situation and they will send you or another volunteer out for a response
The two of you fill out a stranding response sheet
Never, you cannot get sick from marine mammals
Only after you get symptoms of being sick
Right after the interaction
We have had some type of response since 1980. Therefore, we have had the most experience responding to stranded animals in the area.
We have a permit.
TWM has a Letter of Authority from National Marine Fisheries Service to respond, collect, and perform necropsies on stranded marine mammals.
Because it is fun
Education about stranded marine mammals
Flirt with the cute beach goers
Keep people and dogs a safe distance away from stranded animals
Diseases present in a population, Food availability for marine mammals, Diet of a species
Communication vocalizations between different species, Food availability for marine mammals, Diet of a species
Disease prevalence in a population, Food availability for marine mammals, Foraging behavior underwater
Disease prevalence in a population, why Orcas breach, Diet of a species
We pick up harbor seal pups that have had negative interactions with humans (dog attack, injury, and fishery interactions).
We pick up harbor seal pups that are emaciated without injuries
We pick up harbor seal pups that are alert and vocalizing, but are alone
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