This week was no exception. On Saturday I, along with other volunteers from WMMSN and Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, attended a training class to learn how to triage for distressed seal pups. This training was taught by Penny Harner, a staff rehabilitator from Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
You may remember Wolf Hollow from my post about the release of Chitenango, our little seal pup rescued from Lummi Island last year.
|Chitenango when found on the beach at Lummi Island|
|Chitenango and friends being released at |
San Juan Island after rehab at Wolf Hollow.
Penny taught us how to administer some basic first aid for instances when we might need to keep a seal pup for a short time en route to a rehabilitation facility. She presented us with all kinds of information on how we could best help a distressed seal pup including housing, wound care, administering fluids if necessary & heating and cooling a pup.
What a fantastic opportunity this was to learn more about the care of seal pups. I'm so glad that I am able to volunteer to help and learn so much along the way.
As a member of the general public, should you come across a stranded marine mammal, remember it is against the law to approach them or harass them in any way. Remember, your strolling through their natural habitat! The best thing to do is stay back, keep dogs away and observe. If you notice that the mammal is in distress, contact your marine mammal stranding network and pass on as much information as you can note that might help the volunteers from the network to locate and assist the mammal.
P.S. Seal pup season is fast approaching and the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network will once again be busy responding to seal pup calls. Now is a great time to help support our efforts. Donations of any amount help us to purchase equipment such as carriers, ropes and other items needed for stranding responses and to pay for trainings like the one I attended this week. Donations $25 and receive your very own Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network Tshirt.