Report a Stranded or Injured Marine Animal

Report a Stranded or Injured Marine Animal

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THE STRANDING OF PYGMY WHALES AT MAUI’S SUGAR BEACH – OR TURTLES IN ALL RIGHT. IT’S BEEN MAKING HEADLINES OF LATE, THE STRANDING OF PIGMY WHALES ON MAUI’S SUGAR CAUGHT ON FISHING LINES. SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SEE A MARINE MAMMAL IN TROUBLE? JOINING US THIS MORNING DAVID MARINE MOBILE RESPONSE COORDINATOR. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THANK YOU. IS THERE A NUMBER TO CALL. OUR REGIONAL HOTLINE NUMBER AND THAT HOTLINE WILL BREAK IT DOWN BY ISLAND BY ANIMAL AND BY SITUATION THAT YOU HAVE AND SO IT WILL GET RIGHT TO THE RIGHT PERSON. AND IF YOU SEE AN ANIMAL, SHOULD YOU TAKE PICTURES AND WHO DO THEY SEND IT TO? THE PICTURES SHOULD WILL BE SENT TO NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE. THEY ALSO ASK FOR VIDEO, SO THAT’S ALSO VERY HELPFUL. BUT YOU’LL BE TOLD WHERE TO SEND THAT TO WHEN YOU CALL THE HOTLINE. WE WERE TALKING OFFCAMERA ABOUT IF YOU SEE A DOLPHIN, SAY BEACHED, DON’T PUSH IT BACK IN? THE COMMON TENDENCY FOR FOLKS IS TO PUSH IT BACK INTO THE WATER, THESE ANIMALS ARE STRANDED FOR A REASON. THEY ARE DEBILITATED AND THEY ARE AIR BREATHERS ARE TRYING TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND WHEN THEY COME TO THE BEACH, THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO BREATHE. SO PUSHING THEM OUT MAKES THEM CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE. IF SOMEONE FINDS AN ANIMAL THAT’S DEAD OR EUTHANIZED, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A NECK CROPSIE TO DO? SEVERAL HOURS FROM INTO THE NIGHT AND THE DAY. WITH KNEES MASS STRANDINGS, OUR TEAM WORK FROM THE DAY INTO THE NIGHT AND INTO THE NEXT DAY DO AS THOROUGH AN INVESTIGATION ON THE CAUSE OF DEATH AS THEY COULD. SPEAKING OF THE CAUSE OF DEATH, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE TWO WHALES THAT WERE STRANDED ON MAUI LASTS. THEM? HNCHT WE HAD TWO STRANDED EARLIER THIS MONTH AND THEY HAD SIGNS OF INFLAMED LYMPH NODES THROUGHOUT THEIR SYSTEM WHICH SUGGESTS AN INFECTION, SYSTEMIC INFECTION AND FIVE OTHERS THAT HAD STRANDED PREVIOUS ALSO SHOWED THE SAME SIGNS OF INFLAMMATION AS WELL AS PNEUMONIA. SO WE THINK THERE’S POTENTIALLY A DISEASE PROCESS AFFECTING PIGMY KILLER WHALES RIGHT NOW. WHAT KIND OF WHALES ARE PIGMY KILLER WHALES PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT. THEY ARE OFTEN MISTAKEN WITH FALSE KILLER WHALES OR PILOT WHALES. THEY ARE DEEPER WATER ANIMALS. THEY ARE FOUND IN 350 DEPTH SO TO HAVE THEM IN SHORE IS RARE. THEY SEEM TO BE STRANDED AT SUGAR BEACH? SURE BUT DOLPHINS AND WHALES SUPPORT THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BREATHE AND THEY ARE IN A WEAKENED STATE WITH THE DIM INNED BODY CONDITION. THEY ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF OTHER AREAS IN THE WORLD LIKE WE SEE MASS STRANDINGS IN CAPE COD BAY IN MASSACHUSETTS AND DOWN IN AUSTRALIA IN NEW ZEALAND AND THOSE HAVE SIMILAR FEATURES. THEY HAVE GENTLY SLOPING BEACHES SO THE ANIMALS CAN COME IN TO REST. ANYTHING TO DO IF YOU SEE A INJURED MARINE ANIMAL. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. THEY DON’T ALWAYS KNOW IF YOU’RE TRYING TO HELP THEM HLEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS. PLEASE USE THE HOTLINE AND UNDER TAKE RESPONSIBLE VIEWING OF MARINE MAMMALS THAT ARE HEALTHY HKEEP YOUR DISTANCE SO THEY CAN STAY WILD.

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