2006-11-09 / News

Sea mammal expert to speak

Heather Medic, stranding coordinator for the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program at Mystic Aquarium, will offer a public presentation on her work with marine mammals that become stranded along Rhode Island's south coast. Medic will speak at Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O'Hare Academic Center, on Friday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m.

Medic's presentation will focus on current legislation, information on local species identification, statistics on sightings and strandings and the current systems of notification, response and rescue.

At the aquarium, Medic oversees all stranding awareness and volunteer training programs. She coordinates

all daily stranding operations at the Aquarium and in the field for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fisher's Island, N.Y. She also serves as the communication liaison between NOAA Fisheries and the staff veterinarian on release approval of rehabilitated marine mammals and other stranding-related matters.

The Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration has been rescuing stranded marine mammals for over 25 years, and is a founding member of the Northeast Regional Stranding Network.

The presentation is being coordinated by Jameson Chace, assistant professor in Salve Regina's department of biology and biomedical sciences.

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