The Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) is a 501 (c) (3) state & federal non-profit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to the care of distressed or deceased marine mammals.
Under an authority granted by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), WMMSN does the following:
- Responds to reports of stranded, distressed or deceased marine mammals
- Assesses the condition of stranded marine mammals & determines how best to help them
- Prevents human contact & interference with stranded marine mammals
- In some cases, careful & safe removal of deceased marine mammals
- Determines why marine mammals have died, performing necropsies when necessary
- Determines if stranded/deceased marine mammal poses a biological threat to humans or marine life
- Educates the public about local marine mammals & how best to cohabitate with them
Use this website to find out about the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network & discover the many ways that you can help.
Join Us for a Night at the Lummi Island Beach Store Cafe
Join us at the Beach Store Cafe on Lummi Island, Wednesday May 25th from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. Principal Investigator and Lummi Island resident, Victoria Souze, will host a night of education and information in support of the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
The goal is to raise $4,000 to finish the Seal Pup Holding Facility at the Humane Society Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center before the seal birthing season begins. Most seal pups are born in June and July in this region. However, some have been born as early as May and as late as September.
Education Director and Lummi Island resident, Kelsey Mclane, will also be at the Cafe to answer questions about the current needs of the program. This fundraiser will feature education and information booths and a slide show highlighting the work of the Stranding Network.
Music and entertainment will be provided by Jean Rohe. The singer and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York will perform later this month at the Seattle Folklife Festival. Music starts at 6:30 pm. There will also be a coloring station for kids.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the evening including pizza, fish and chips, burgers, salads, beer and wine. All proceeds benefit the Stranding Network. Suggested donation at the door is $5.00. Hope to see you there!
Seal Pup Holding Facility Becomes a Reality
Volunteers began construction of the Seal Pup Holding Facility at the Humane Society Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The generous donations from many individuals, groups and companies made this possible. Thank you! The facility will be inspected and permitted under NOAA’s standards for harbor seal pup rescue. Pupping season starts in May! See all the photos at https://wildorca.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumKey=JNVtvP
Can You Help?
Last year the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network rescued 9 seal pups. They were transferred to the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation on San Juan Island for rehab and release. This year Wolf Hollow will not accept any seal pups.
Working with the Humane Society Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation we want to create a place for seal pups who have been injured, orphaned or abandoned oftentimes from human interference.
Our goal is to set up a separate holding facility at the existing center for seal pups. To accomplish this goal we need to purchase building materials, fencing and equipment to make seal pup formula. The facility will be inspected and permitted under NOAA’s standards for harbor seal pup rescue. Pupping season starts in May!
Please click on our PayPal donation link. Thank you!
Watch the YouTube video for the Seal Pup Rescue Facility Fund Campaign https://youtu.be/XgtZiyj0aSs
“The Honeysuckle Story” is now on YouTube
Honeysuckle was an abandoned harbor seal pup recovered by the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network on Lummi Island and rehabilitated at the Wolf Hollow Rehab Center near the town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. The SeaDoc Society tagged Honeysuckle along with two other seal pups with satellite tags to see where they went after release. Honeysuckle surprised us!
See it on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbaY2G1Jomk