IMMS training for stranding season
With stranding season approaching, first responders, law enforcement, and sand beach gathered at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, learning about what to do if sea turtles or dolphins are stranded on the beach.
At this annual training, IMMS better equips the eight coastal agencies to answer the call to aid stranded, injured, and even dead marine animals.
If you see a stranded animal, call first responders right away, even if the animal is already dead.
Over the years, IMMS has been involved in a number of live strandings. When an animal strands, it may be sick. So, it is important to use precaution to protect yourself from any infectious diseases. IMMS Stranding Coordinator Theresa Madrigal said, “This training is very important so that they know how to respond, the appropriate measures to take, before we are able to go out to that animal and how to properly handle those animals as well as the scene for any animals that wash up dead.”
IMMS is the only facility permitted by both federal and state agencies for the response to dolphins and sea turtle strandings in the state of Mississippi.