WOW, 2008 has been a very exciting, productive and busy year for Marine Life Studies (MLS). There are so many things to update you on since I have not kept up with the blog like I should. Most exciting for us is the formation of W.E.T. (Whale Entanglement Teams of Central and Northern California). This is a project we actually started working on in the fall of 2006 that was slated as the number one project for MLS to focus our efforts on. It all started with a question, "Why doesn’t California have a coordinated statewide program for disentangling whales like Hawaii?" Mary Whitney, a valuable volunteer for Marine Life Studies as well as the founder of Fluke Foundation, wrote a great article for the American Cetacean Society (ACS) newsletter "Soundings -- the Newsletter of ACS Monterey Bay" October 2008 issue. See the article here.
MLS had a booth at the recent ACS Conference in Monterey, November 15 and 16 to get the word out to the public. We had the tools that MLS purchased in the spring of this year as well as photos of entangled whales and a video courtesy of Ed Lyman and Dave Mattila who are the head of the disentanglement network for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback National Marine Sanctuary (HIHNMS). In fact Ed taught the training and strategy session held at Moss Landing in May that Mary wrote about in the W.E.T. article. The response was great and we even got a few donations for much needed equipment. If you would like to donate for the purchase of tools for the W.E.T. project send to address on donation page and be sure to write on the check or letter that the money donated is specifically for W.E.T.
100% of all monies donated for W.E.T. go to purchasing the equipment that we still need to have a full cache of tools. As with all donations your donation is tax deductible under the guidelines of 501(c)3.