Sara Jane via Crowdrise
April 01, 2011
BENEFITING: Marine Mammal Stranding Center
HOURS PLEDGED: 20
I volunteer here!!! and boy is it fun....
No, I don't get to cuddle the seals all day. I actually don't even get within 100 feet of them. Why? They may be cute, but they are wild animals!
So what do I do? I educate people....like you! and help keep the seal (or marine mammal) comfortable and safe until the vet techs can make it out during a stranding.
Marine mammals sometimes come on land on purpose, and sometimes because they are sick/injured, so it's my job to respond to the animals and wait for the techs to come.
"The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) is a private non-profit organization based in Brigantine, New Jersey. Since the Center’s founding in 1978, staff and volunteers have responded to over 3797 calls for stranded whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that washed ashore on New Jersey beaches. These animals range from a 5 lb. Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle to a 25-ton Humpback Whale (both of which are endangered species).
Whenever possible, the animals are brought back to the MMSC for rehabilitation and eventual release. Rehabilitation can last up to several months and cost thousands of dollars for a single animal.
When the MMSC started in 1978, there were 19 reported strandings in the State of New Jersey. In 2005, we responded to 224 stranded animals. As the years pass, there is a steady increase in sightings and strandings of marine mammal and sea turtles that are reported to us. In recent years we have seen an increase in species of seals and sea turtles that are far out of their range strand in New Jersey. Species such as harp, hooded and ringed seals, and green sea turtles add to our already growing numbers.
Your donations and membership dollars enable us to continue to expand our facility and care for the increasing number of animals. Without your help, we cannot help these creatures when they are most in need. "