[MARMAM] Archipelagos - Greek marine mammal strandings info

Amy Worman wormana at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 11 05:09:10 PST 2008


Archipelagos, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Research of the Aegean Sea, are looking to develop an interactive DVD on marine mammals and turtles found in the area.  One DVD will be for the general public, and will contain information on how to identify the species and sex of an individual, and also the general threats that the species faces.  It will also contain details on who to contact if they encounter an animal in distress.  There will be a separate DVD for the authorities (such as port police), scientists and veterinarians containing the above (in greater detail), as well as how to assess the health of an animal, what to include in a general first aid kit, how to perform first aid, how to manage a situation with a stranded/injured animal and members of the public and how to take samples of the animal’s tissues should it be necessary.  
 
The DVD will be similar to the British Divers Marine Mammal Medic Handbook, but specific to the following species – 
Stenella coeruleoalba
Delphinus delphis
Tursiops truncatus
Grampus griseus
Physeter macrocephalus
Zaphius cavirostris
Monachus monachus
Phocoena phocoena
Balaenoptera physalus
Caretta caretta
Chelonia mydas
Dermochelys coriacea
which are all native to the Aegean.
 
Any information on marine mammal and sea turtle first aid and the legislature surrounding reporting a stranding in the Aegean would be very gratefully received.  
 
 - Amy Worman and Bradley Keyes
wormana at hotmail.com
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