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Marine Life Studies


We are committed to protecting our ocean, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife through research, education, conservation, and whale rescue. Our mission is to acquire and share knowledge and inspire the next generation of whale, dolphin and ocean conservationists.

The Big Idea

Marine Life Studies uses their Research Vessel, R/V Current’Sea (also known as the whale disentanglement ambulance), for responding to and saving entangled whales, preventing future entanglements, collecting critical data during whale rescues, and providing a platform for Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® members to train and gain experience. Funds will support vessel maintenance and the purchases of specialized equipment for disentanglement responses – all helping to prevent whales from a slow, painful death and prevent future entanglements of marine wildlife with their proactive fishing-gear-removal project in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

I strongly support Marine Life Studies as this organization has been active for ~15 years, dedicated to researching, conserving, and providing education about marine mammals in Monterey Bay. Their Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® provides an essential service freeing marine mammals entangled in fishing gear. They operate a Whale Rescue Research Vessel, staffed by qualified volunteers to support these marine conservation efforts. Through their education programs, they also strongly support the conservation of marine life. I have witnessed highly accurate and quality presentations by their Executive Director, Peggy Stap. This important non-profit organization requires donations to continue its valuable contribution to the conservation of marine mammals in the greater Monterey Bay region, and is very deserving of support. - Gregor M. Cailliet, Professor Emeritus, Moss Landing Marine Labs

- Gregor M. Cailliet

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