Kate Spencer, member of the entanglement network and owner of Fast Raft Ocean Safaris, was first on scene and Marine Life Studies' Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® arrived shortly thereafter in our Whale Rescue Research Vessel. WET℠ crew included Stephanie Marcos, Winnie Mulé, Connie Sanchez, Serge McCabe Verriele, and Peggy Stap.
Marine Life Studies Celebrates 10-Years
Marine Life Studies is celebrating 10-years of teaching children and adults how to protect marine life. The organization’s specialty is teaching others how to become better stewards of our oceans through inspirational education and real-life experiences on the water.
Executive Director Peggy Stap saw whales for the first time on a visit to Maui more than two decades ago. “It was a life-changing experience,” says Stap. The Midwesterner from Michigan knew she had found her life’s calling. Stap founded Marine Life Studies in 2006 to “help the world understand and protect the amazing creatures she first observed in Hawaii.” She realized a younger generation had the chance to better understand the importance of ocean ecology. “If children are taught early on how to become good stewards of our oceans then the animals and environment entrusted to us will survive,” says Stap.
On April 4, 2017 humpback whale was entangled in crab fishing gear. We were able to successfully disentangle the whale along with our WET® partner, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It is such a feeling of joy to watch a whale swim free again.
You see the buoys dragging behind the humpback whale in the first photo. They are attached with a line that runs up to the left side of the whale through the mouth. You can see the grapple hook being thrown in second photo to grab the trailing line. They grab the line and pulled themselves up to the whale and cut the gear free behind the whale. A small amount of line was left in the mouth but it would pull through similiar to dental floss.
The Doug Ross Memorial Fund is in honor of a remarkable man.
Doug was a talented artist, friend, valuable member of our Marine Life Studies' family, and great advocate for all marine mammals and our ocean. He was known for his passion to rescue marine life. Unfortunately, he passed away in December 2016 at the age of 55. He was a gift to all of us and his presence made a difference. Doug left a very large footprint in all of our lives and a legacy that very few people can claim. We were blessed and honored to have Doug as a friend and team member.
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Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® responded Saturday, 11/25/17, after receiving call about entangled whale in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
First, we would like to thank you for all you have done to help save whales over the years. It truly is a community effort to save whales from life-threatening entanglements. None of which would happen without you and your support. People ask me what the hardest part of disentangling a whale, and I tell them “raising the funds”, as whale disentanglement is costly. You have to be at the ready, properly trained, and have all the equipment function properly. From all of us at Marine Life Studies’ WET®, we want to send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. We know that it is you, the donor, that is the real hero that helps save these whales.
Humpback Whale Disentangled October 15, 2018 - Collaborative Effort to Free Humpback Whale Entangled in Oregon Dungeness Crab Gear West of Santa Cruz, California