Learn About Stranded Marine Mammals Jan. 14 

Jan 09, 2017
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill A seal on a Surf City beach in 2013.

Sarah Miele, education coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Barnegat Lighthouse lecture series on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park’s visitors center. The program is free; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Miele said she would give an overview of the center’s mission, which is responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. In situations where animals may not be re-released, every effort is made to secure a proper, enriching facility to provide lifetime care. The center is further committed to stewardship of oceans through education programs and collaboration with other environmental groups.

Since the center’s founding in 1978, staff and volunteers have responded to more than 4,000 calls for whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore on New Jersey beaches. These animals range from a 5-pound Kemps Ridley sea turtle to a 25-ton humpback whale.

“During the the winter, we get calls on seals landing on beaches,” said Miele. “We get many reports of them in Barnegat Light, which is a perfect spot for them. Winter is the right time to present this program to the Friends of the Lighthouse.”

For more information, call the park at 609-494-2016. E.E.

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