Letters to the Editor: August 18 - August 24, 2011

Published on Wed, Aug 17, 2011
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The Editor:

After the recent incident involving a stranded Dall’s porpoise at the Semiahmoo Marina, the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) would like to remind the public about the importance of notifying them in these situations.
The Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and consists of certified volunteers trained to respond to stranded marine mammals. The WMMSN is here to care for these animals, educate the public, and collect data for NOAA. To have a porpoise so close to a Whatcom County shore is an exciting and rare occasion for Blaine residents; however, to make sure this animal is given a more secure chance of survival, members of the WMMSN need to be notified. Should anyone find a stranded or dead marine mammal on any Whatcom County beach please call 360/966-8845 immediately and a network volunteer will respond.
If you do not have this number on hand, both the Blaine and Semiahmoo marina offices know who to contact and what proper instructions to carry out. By notifying the marina office and/or the network itself, you will be giving these animals a greater chance of survival. Thank you.

Shirley Sell
Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network


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