Citizen Science For Marine Mammals
Being a citizen scientist can be exciting, not just to experience nature but also having many organizations to provide reports, videos and pictures to of marine mammals.
The Marine Mammal Centre (n.d.) advises people to stay at least 50 feet away from marine mammals and to keep dogs away from them. Some of the organizations to provide reports, videos and pictures for marine mammal strandings, injuries and deaths include:
1. Flukebook. An identification system using photos of marine mammal flukes (Levenson et al, 2015).
2. The Marine Mammal Centre. The Marine Mammal Centre is a "critical first responder" for conservation through "marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education" through "a network of scientists and stewards" for the protection of the oceans (The Marine Mammal Centre, n.d.).
The global stranding network reaches “more than 75 countries and territories” and includes an interactive map to locate your global area and organization to report marine mammal:
for cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals, fur seals, walruses and sea lions), otters, and sirenians (manatees and dugongs). Additional information can also be obtained from the agency in your local area (The Marine Mammal Centre, n.d.).
Click this link to find your global location and marine mammal centre on this interactive map:
1. Canadian Sea Turtle Network (CSTN). The CSTN Sea Turtle Beach Patrol has volunteers in the Maritimes, Canada, who have been doing local beach patrols in the fall since 1997 to locate cold-stunned leatherback sea turtles, green turtles, Atlantic Ridley turtles, and loggerhead sea turtles, for conservation and awareness (Hamelin, 2019).
2. The Marine Mammal Centre. As listed above (The Marine Mammal Centre, n.d.).
3. The Oliver Ridley Project. This project protects oliver ridley sea turtles and their environment in the Indian Ocean. (Protecting Sea Turtles and Their Habitats in the Indian Ocean, n.d.).
1. iNaturalist. Taxa includes fungi, lichens, insects, animals, molluscs, birds, kelp, diatoms, allies, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, arachnids, ray finned fish, protozoans (Taxa
Various Species And Organisms
1. SciStarter. Contribute your findings to science using “more than 2700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events.” (SciStarter, n.d.).
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