Spotlight Cape Cod: marine mammal rescue team members take time to reflect and prepare

IFAW volunteer, Mike Giblin, watches while Katie Moore, IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue Team Manager, attaches a satellite tracking tag to a rescued common dolphin in an IFAW rescue truck before it is released back into Cape Cod Bay At this time last year, we were in the midst of more than 80 consecutive days during which 215 common dolphins stranded on the beaches of Cape Cod.

We are thankful that so far this year, we have had a relatively quiet season (did I just really say that? Stranding responders are notoriously superstitious-we never use the “Q” word - hoping I didn’t just jinx us!), which has enabled us some time to analyze our vast data set from last year, update protocols and also very important to us—share information with the public.

We are so truly appreciative of the volunteers and the people of Cape Cod who support our work and we get a lot of questions from people about what exactly we do and why.

Recently, I was interviewed on Cape Cod Public Radio about the record-breaking strandings of last year, and the development of our response and prevention techniques.

WCAI has allowed us to share the audio of the interview. I hope this helps answer a lot of the questions that we commonly get from people about our work. 

We could not do this alone and we are grateful for all the people who support us and show interest in saving marine mammals on Cape Cod.


Take a listen to the WCAI interview with Katie here.

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Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation