Live Animal Stranding Training 2009

Two undergraduate volunteers posing as pilot whales.
Two undergraduate volunteers posing as stranded pilot whales.

Stranding response member showing voluteers how to properly support a stranded animal.
UNCW stranding responder, Marina Piscitelli, showing volunteers how to properly support and examine a cetacean on the beach.

Vet examines one of the stranded pilot whales
Veterinarian Dr. Claire Hohenwarter examines one of the stranded pilot whales and talks to volunteers who are supporting the whale.

NC State Stranding Coordinator showing volunteers how to restrain the flukes to draw blood.
NC State Stranding Coordinator, Bill McLellan, showing volunteers how to properly restrain the flukes to draw blood.

UNCW strander responder showing volunteers how to properly strecher a live animal
UNCW stranding responder, Ryan McAlarney, is teaching voluteers how to properly stretcher the stranded whale.

Voluteers practice lifting a stranded whale in unison
UNCW stranding responders and volunteers practice lifting a whale in unison in preparation for transport.

Undergraduate stranding coordinator Sarah Pagentine talks with volunteers as they support a stranded whale.
UNCW undergraduate stranding coordinator, Sarah Pagentine, talks with volunteers as they properly support the beached whale.

Volunteers transporting and releasing one of the stranded whales.
Stranding volunteers transport the stranded whale to a site for release back into the ocean!


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