The Philippines is home to 28 species of whales and dolphins (cetaceans) and the critically endangered dugong. When one of these animals is found sick or injured, they are referred to as “stranded.” Ocean Adventure is the leader in rescuing stranded marine mammals. In 2002 we created the Ocean Adventure Stranding Response Team. To date we have been involved in 56 whale and dolphin strandings and 3 dugong strandings.
Ocean Adventure has the only Cetacean Rehabilitation Center in the country where sick and injured whales and dolphins are provided round the clock care to nurse them back to health.
Ocean Adventure led the formation of the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network. We train government and NGO personnel on marine mammal stranding response through our Cetacean Stranding Response Workshop. At the end of 2013, over 3,000 key personnel from BFAR Regional offices, local Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (IFARMC), Local Governmental Units (LGU) including Provincial, Municipal and Barangay offices, Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENRO), and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxilliary have been trained to be First Responders for stranded whales and dolphins.
We also train veterinarians and medical professionals in a hands-on intensive Workshop on The Medical Management of Stranded Marine Mammals. We have trained 64 individuals to date. These Workshops are offered multiple times each year.
We have produced and disseminated a wide array of educational materials on marine conservation including posters, brochures, and booklets. Much of the funding for this critically important project has been provided by the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
First Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network Symposium
In February 2013 we hosted the First Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network Symposium. 57 delegates from 9 countries throughout the region attended the Symposium. This ground-breaking event led to the formation of the Southeast Asian Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. PMMSN continues to be a leader in this important multi-national collaborative effort.
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