YOU CAN HELP SAVE WHALES FROM LIFE-THREATENING ENTANGLEMENTS!
• fuel for boat • slip fees • insurance • additional specialized tools neccessary for disentangling whales, including a new GPS/Argos telemetry package with buoy • vessel maintaince • fixed RDG antennae with RDF wideband radio direction finding receiver (to pic up VHF signal of GPS/Argos telemetry • see full list at WhaleEntanglementTeam.org
The Whale Rescue Research Vessel is used as a training platform for the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® through the group’s Research Scientist Program. This helps develop an understanding of whale behavior and assess the complexity of each entanglement. Continual training of methods and tool usage for WET® is crucial for efficient responses to disentangle whales. In addition to saving whales from a slow, painful death, the data collected is being used to determine how to mitigate this issue in the future.
WET® is a group of trained unpaid professionals who volunteer their time and talent, disentangling whales. The authority of this group is under the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program permit.
Donate today because a dedicated in-water, rapid response boat and the trained WET® team that would go with it, is critical for a timely and successful response to an entangled whale dragging gear.
WET® was founded by Peggy Stap, Executive Director of Marine Life Studies and Mary Whitney, Founder of Fluke Foundation.
WET® is a group of unpaid professionals (volunteers) assembled and trained for the purpose of supporting large whale entanglement response. All work is directed under the authority of NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. Most of WET’s core members have direct affiliations with other conservation organizations that unofficially support this activity in a variety of ways. Marine Life Studies' volunteers are integral in the first response for WET® in the fast response Whale Rescue Research Vessel.
You can save entangled whales by donating today through MC Gives! 2016, just click here to make a difference today.
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Photos of humpback whale top left and bottom right of page taken under NOAA MMHSRP Permit 932-1905 and entangled fluke photo on right side is courtesy of Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies taken under DFO-Canada license. Photo of Whale Rescue Research Vessel courtesy of Tony Thomas, Blue Ocean Whale Watch.