As a volunteer responder for Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network I have great opportunities to learn new and interesting things having to do with marine mammals.
In this last year I've learned about Grey whales, wildlife rehab at Wolf Hollow, harbor porpoise, and now I was going to learn how to tag a seal pup with a special wildlife tag. How cool!
These numbered tags are used to help identify a marine mammal
that has been responded to by the stranding network
We learned what items we would need to add to our response kits for
tagging including betedine to clean the seal flipper and the equipment.
We had a great trainer, Joe Gaydos, DVM PhD. Joe showed us how to properly handle a live seal pup for tagging and gave us some hands on experience using the tagger. I won't get into the "how to" detail here. If you are interested in these sort of trainings and helping marine mammals you may want to become a volunteer responder too.
Upon completion of our training, Joe gave each of us a lovely map from the SeaDoc Society of the recently recognised Salish Sea
I love volunteering! In giving a small bit of myself and my time to WMMSN to help marine mammals and their cause I've gained so much more.