Dolphin Stranding, photo courtesy International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Dolphin Stranding, photo courtesy International Fund for Animal Welfare. The New England Aquarium, long the agency in charge of marine animal rescue efforts throughout the state, is now limiting its involvement with mammal rescue on the Vineyard. Citing strategic planning and a rebound in the seal population, the aquarium is no longer the lead response agency for seal, dolphin and whale strandings on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the north shore of Massachusetts. The aquarium will now focus on sea turtle strandings and research of existing and emerging diseases in marine animals.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal authority responsible for monitoring marine populations, is now looking for volunteers on the Island to continue the program.

Read more about the efforts to raise volunteers for marine animal strandings on Martha’s Vineyard.


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