Ocean Conservation Society Trains to Help Stranded Cetaceans

Recently our committee took part in the Marine Mammal Medic course hosted by British Divers for Marine life rescue.

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We are certified marine mammal medics!!

In July the committee of the OCS took part in the Marine Mammal Medic course hosted by British Divers for Marine Life Rescue, who are an excellent organisation which come to the rescue when a member of the public find a stranded whale, dolphin, porpoise or seal on the beach. 

The course took place on a beach in Nairn so we took a trip for the weekend up north. During the course we were taught how to refloat a whale which has landed on the beach (which is very tricky since these whales usually weigh around 2 tons!). We used model cetaceans which were filled with sand and water to make them realistically heavy. The models looked so realistic that most onlookers on the beach thought that they were real and came to try and help us!

The course was a really great experience and taught us loads of useful skills and made us certified Marine Mammal Medics which means that we could be getting the next call to come and help with a stranding. 

If you are interested in the course I have attached a link to their website so you can have a look at the courses they have available:-

https://bdmlr.org.uk/

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