On Tuesday, October 10th, Doug Sandilands, a leader in the field of large whale entanglement response, will discuss the problem of whale entanglement as well as current local and nationwide efforts to disentangle large whales. He has been involved in more than 40 large whale disentanglement attempts and has helped train nearly 60 additional large whale entanglement responders. Currently he works for a Seattle-based non-profit SR3 SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research.
If you can't attend the lecture, it is important to know that you should never attempt to disentangle a whale. Cutting rope trailing behind an entangled whale often leaves the life threatening gear on the whale and makes it harder for a response team to help. Instead, if you see an entangled whale, call the reporting hotline (866-767- 9425), stay with the whale, and take pictures and video from 100 yards away until the response team arrives.
The 2017-2018 Marine Science Lecture Series is designed to inspire the general public and to highlight the amazing fish and wildlife of our region. Lectures are free.
The Lecture Series is presented by program partners The SeaDoc Society and
YMCA Camp Orkila. It has been made possible through generous sponsorship
by The Averna Family (Deer Harbor Charters), Barbara Bentley, Barbara Brown,
Emmanuel Episcopal, Audrey and Dean Stupke, Orcas Island Community
Foundation and West Sound Marina. For more information visit
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