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Sometimes, denizens of the sea require a leg up to help the species survive and thrive — and SeaWorld is on the front line, making it happen.
Just recently, SeaWorld and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation began working together in new ways to strengthen stranding networks.
Joel Manby, President and CEO of SeaWorld, called these particular networks “‘first responders’ for marine wildlife needing rescue and rehabilitation… critical for the lives of thousands of animals.”
Coordinated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SeaWorld takes care of stranding response and documentation, transport of live stranded animals, veterinary care, and “CSI”-style detective work.
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However, there is more to this program than saving stranded sea life. Scientists can glean such data as causes and trends of disease and mortality, along with the influence of threats in nature and by man — all leading to better protection of these creatures and their habitats.
Personnel-wise, the network is made up of 200 permitted members and thousands of volunteers, including full-time employees at SeaWorld’s Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio parks.
For more about SeaWorld’s efforts in building stronger rescue networks, visit SeaWorld’s blog.