A Whale Tale
Jun 1, 2011
Marine Animal Entanglement Response -
"LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE LIFE AND DEATH OF # 3911"
Nassau Sierra welcomes Barb Zoodsma, coordinator of the Right Whale Recovery Program in the Southeastern United States. Barb will present the intriguing story and film clips about the two-year-old entangled female Right Whale #3911.
First sighted on December 25, 2010 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aerial survey team offshore of Jacksonville Beach, Right Whale #3911 (identified by the New England Aquarium) had an incredibly complex entanglement, with wraps of rope around her head and flippers.
The two-year-old whale had grown into these lines and her condition was exceptionally poor, with little body fat and many active wounds. A massive collaboration between FWC, the GA Department Natural Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, the New England Aquarium, UNF, and many other agencies worked on this entanglement. Despite it all, the carcass of #3911 was found floating offshore of St. Augustine Inlet on February 1, 2011.
What was learned from this experience, how did this happen, and how it can be prevented?
Please bring your coffee cups (a Sierra tradition) and join us for what promises to be a fascinating presentation. Refreshments provided.
Nassau Florida Group
904 683 4388
Council on Aging
1367 South 18th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-4756