Brian Sharp

Director – Marine Mammal Rescue & Research

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Brian Sharp has rescued 15 manatees, 35 sea turtles, 40 large whales, and countless dolphins and porpoises.

As a permitted Level 5 responder, Brian is one of the few rescue professionals authorized by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to disentangle whales within American waters.

At IFAW, Brian oversees international response training and leads rescue missions, harnessing the power of more than 200 volunteers.

His research has been published in Chelonian Conservation and Biology, and he has presented his work at conferences, workshops, and consortiums in West Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.


Rescue Operations Coordinator, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies United States

Assistant Stranding Coordinator, Cape Cod Stranding Network United States

Field Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission United States


Bachelor of Science, Animal Science Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States

Oiled Wildlife Response Training Occupational Safety and Health Administration, United States

Incident Command System and Operation Section Chief Training, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, United States

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