Register for Mock Dolphin and Sea Turtle Strandings on Long Beach Island

Jul 05, 2017

As part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center’s lineup of educational and interactive summer programs on Long Beach Island, kids 7 and older can become stranding technicians for the day, and learn how to rescue dolphins and sea turtles. The MMSC will hold mock strandings throughout July and August.

“In this two-part, hands-on lesson, we start by learning about the fascinating creatures that call New Jersey home, why they strand and how we help them,” the MMSC explains. Then “we move onto the beach for a chance to perform a simulated rescue using real equipment.

“Be ready to get wet!”

Mock dolphin stranding sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7. Mock sea turtle standings, meanwhile, will take place at 6 p.m. on July 17, July 31 and Aug. 14.

Program participants are asked to meet at the entrance to the North Seventh Street beach in Surf City.

Registration is required for the mock strandings, which run approximately two hours. The cost is $20 per child. Call 609-266-0538 or e-mail education@mmsc.org to register.

The MMSC will also hold a “talk series” – featuring marine animals of the Jersey Shore – at the New Jersey Maritime Museum, at 528 Dock Rd. in Beach Haven, this month and next. No pre-registration is required.

Dolphins are the topic at 2 p.m. on July 10 or July 31; learn about sea turtles at 2 p.m. on July 17 or Aug. 7; and check out a presentation on seals at 2 p.m. on July 26 or Aug. 14.

The MMSC’s Sea Life Museum at 3625 Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd. in Brigantine is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all summer. Visit mmsc.org to learn more about the center. —J.K.-H.

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