Things to do in 2008
MMC Volunteer Appreciation Day:
Saturday July 19, 2008, 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. For all you do, this day's for you! To get all the details, click here
Support MMC's Fundraising Events:
To see the complete list of fun activities we have planned for 2008, click here
Support Marine Mammal Conservancy
MMC receives support from individuals and organizations in order to make our work possible. There are many ways to offer support, from making donations, to shopping at our E-mall or Conservancy Bazaar. Your generous giving makes it happen! Click here to learn more.
MMC Directors educate the public with classes and events. Learn more about classes offered and how to register.
Our volunteers are the soul of MMC. Throughout our efforts, we are bolstered by the support of caring individuals who give of themselves and their time. THANK YOU!
If you would like to volunteer for MMC, visit our Volunteers page to learn how.
Donate needed items
Throughout the year, MMC keeps a list of items needed to do our work. If you'd like to donate needed items, click to view our wish list.
For more details about rehab at Marine Mammal Conservancy, volunteering, and general information during an ongoing rehab, call 305-451-4774. An alternate number that may be called is 954-303-6763. Please leave a message if there is no answer. All messages will be returned as quickly as possible.
Necropsy findings for Pygmy Sperm Whale, "Gauge"
From MMC President, Robert Lingenfelser:
To all of the volunteers; and especially to those who were able to commit some time for us during the most recent stranding event: A necropsy was performed on Gauge Thursday 2/28/08 at the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Science Center. Gross Pathology showed that Gauge, our Pygmy Sperm Whale, died of complications due to heart failure. Like many of his species, this is commonly found upon examination after death. Causes of these heart problems are still unknown and it’s one of the reasons MMC and its sister organizations exist, to help find the answers. We had, as we always do, high hopes for Gauge, because of what we thought was his younger age (still an adult, just not quite full grown). He had not ingested any plastic trash and nothing else apparent was found. Histopathology and toxicology will take some several weeks to a few months to complete, but the immediate cause of death was obvious.
Without your dedication of time, money and effort, we would not be able to do this work. I am always amazed by your dedication, perseverance and the sense of accomplishment you all bring to this organization, whether you’re a first time volunteer here on vacation or one of the dedicated “volunteer staff” that make this organization what it is. Thank you all for the honor and pleasure you help bring to this work.
Robert G. Lingenfelser Jr, President
Marine Mammal Conservancy, Inc.