Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Our Marine Mammal Rescue Team held its annual field responder training workshop for all of our marine mammal rescue team volunteers on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. During this training, volunteers gain valuable knowledge about how to respond, the different species seen in the area, how to collect data and photographs. Volunteers also receive important hands-on experience with deceased harbor seals. The team is now refreshed, updated, and ready to respond to all live and dead marine mammal reports!
We could not possibly respond to, and protect, the number of seals we see on the beach without the help of our dedicated Marine Mammal Rescue volunteer crew. Kudos to them for doing what is not always a pretty job!
Here is this year’s volunteer crew, ready for the manditory marine mammal rescue volunteer training!
Rescue Assistant Sarah Toupin teaches the team about how to perform health assessments on the beach.
Rescue Assistant Rob Royer teaches his group how to take data measurements.
Rescue Assistant Nikki Annelli teaches her group the accurate method of taking measurements and external assessments.
Looking at the mouth and teeth of the seal for any abnormalities.