Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® – We are a “whale ambulance”.

Marine Life Studies’ dream of becoming a whale ambulance has come to fruition. The custom davit system on the stern of Current’Sea, our 40’ Albin, is complete. It allows us to carry and deploy the WING inflatable that is specifically designed for whale disentanglement. Now, Current’Sea has everything aboard for a complete disentanglement.

We are a whale ambulance, the only one of its kind on the west coast of the United States. This wouldn’t be possible without our generous and passionate donors.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is an important feeding ground for many cetaceans, including humpback whales.Click to Support WET®


Marine Life Studies Prevents Whale Entanglement 

We have spent over a decade disentangling whales. Our research and experience have shown us that these whales are facing an issue that we can potentially prevent. We have found a way to get to the root of the problem to reduce the threat to the whales that come to Monterey Bay. This fall, we launched our new pilot program: “Unseen and Beneath the Surface: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval Project”.

Our project is comprised of scanning the seafloor to detect derelict or lost fishing gear and then retrieving it to remove it from the marine environment. This prevention practice reduces potential entanglements of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other marine wildlife, many of which are on the Endangered Species List. Ten percent of crab and spot prawn traps that are lost do not have buoys or markers at the surface due to storms, being cut by other fisheries that troll, or getting cut by vessel propellers. Because the Monterey Bay has a long history of being a commercial and recreational fishing ground, this has created a growing forest of polyurethane lines.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded Marine Life Studies a $60,000 grant to start this program, with a condition that we match $30,000 in order to receive the grant funds. We have raised $18,000 to date, so we need your help to raise the remaining $12,000.

Donations made through this campaign by December 31, 2019 will receive a prorated match by Monterey County Gives! which means more money will be going towards whale rescue and entanglement prevention.  Please make an online donation beginning November 7th at:  http://montereycountygives.com/mls
Click here to donate through MC Gives donation campaign!
If you would rather make a donation directly to Marine Life Studies, you can donate at our website: http://bit.ly/HelpWET  or donate by check and mail to: Marine Life Studies, PO Box 163, Moss Landing, CA 95039

We are committed to protecting our ocean, whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife through research, education, and whale rescue.

Our mission is to acquire and share knowledge to inspire the next generation of whale, dolphin and ocean conservationists. We acquire knowledge through ongoing research and rescuing entangled whales, and then we share and utilize that knowledge to encourage conservation to inspire the general public and children with our educational programs.

I want to thank you on behalf of all of the Ocean Stewards at Marine Life Studies for your generosity in supporting our work since 2006 and I thank you in advance for your support this fall.


One comment on “Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® – We are a “whale ambulance”.

  1. Regarding your WET article, – “Whale Entanglement Team” is actually “added” to whale entanglement work. Not the first or only by any means. The Whale Research Institute operates The Whale Guard system and reporting network with USCG VTS 14 and local newsradio stations based in and serving San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Strait and surrounding coastal areas for over 5 years now, and is partnered with The Ocean Rescue, Ghost Net Hunter fleet operating from British Columbia to Mexico to Hawaii; and The Center for Whale Research in the San Juan Islands whale entanglement and protection work, has been in operation for over 40 years, also with vessels in the ready at all times, crewed by seasoned, veteran whale researchers, with a 24/7 report line as well. Other teams & vessels stand in the ready out of San Pedro, San Diego and Santa Barbara, also to include marine mammal center emergencies teams and NOAA boats. Might want check your facts before making statements as “news” to inform accurately.

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