Inspiring the Public to Protect our Ocean, Whales and Dolphins
Marine Life Studies is a nonprofit organization committed to protecting our ocean, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife.
Our mission is to acquire knowledge and share knowledge and inspire the next generation of whale, dolphin and ocean conservationists.
We acquire knowledge through on-going research, share and utilize that knowledge to encourage conservation, and inspire the public, especially children,
with our educational programs.
Our Research Activities
We teach research techniques to college and high school interns, as wll as people from all walks of life, while we conduct research on killer whales and other whales and dolphins in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We collect photographic ID’s, along with written data and video footage of animal behavior. Our research:
- facilitates a better understanding of the animals inhabiting and visiting the bay,
- is shared with other researchers and students,
- provides the baseline data necessary to implement effective conservation strategies,
- is used to develop educational programs.
Our Conservation Activities
Our research feeds into ongoing conservation measures. Specific conservation activities include:
- Whale Entanglement Team (WET) for central and northern California. WET responds to whales entangled in fisheries gear or marine debris and provides a toll free public response number (877) SOS-WHALE (767-9425), plus provide outreach to educate the public about WET,
- campaigning about the dangers of plastic pollution and marine debris, such as balloons, and plastic bags, promote the development and use of alternatives to single use disposable plastic with our initiative, Plastic Police,
- partnership with the California Department of Health Services in water collection for their public Health Program along the coast,
- pro-active conservation program Take it to the Streets™ to work on the source of pollution by picking up trash at local malls, schools, parks, etc. eliminating marine pollution before it can reach the ocean through our storm drains and local watersheds.
Our Education Activities
Our educational programs encourage the public, especially children, to learn about and care for our oceans and the whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife that depend on it. Specific programs include:
- a Research Scientist Program, teaching the skills required to be a marine researcher, which inclues a training program for new volunteers of the Whale Entanglement Team (WET ) as well as hold refresher trainings for existing members of WET,
- free programs for the public and children in the community including special programs specific for the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, both Seaside and Salinas Units,
- programs on topics such as whales and dolphins, marine debris, whale entanglement and pollution.