Oct 31, 2019
For more than 45 years, the Mystic Aquarium's Sea Research
has worked to protect marine mammals. For example,
full-time scientists conduct global research with beluga whales
within a larger set of marine science research and educational
programs. The need for ongoing basic research is urgent. A
recent scientific report by the United Nations warns that more than
one-third of all marine mammal species are now threatened with
extinction. Belugas in some parts of the world, including Alaska’s
Cook Inlet, are considered endangered or depleted.
To support current and future studies, Mystic Aquarium’s Sea
Research Foundation has submitted a research permit application to
the US federal agency (NOAA Fisheries) with oversight
responsibility for cetaceans to re-home five beluga whales born at
Marineland Canada to the aquarium's world-renowned Connecticut care
facility. Dr. Tracy Romano, VP of biological research and chief
scientist discusses the permitting process and the need for ongoing
conservation research into beluga behavior and physiology in
response to growing anthropogenic stressors like ship traffic,
noise, pollution, and degrading habitats.
Listeners are encouraged to read the application and to submit
supportive comments in favor of NOAA granting the permit during the
public comment period through early December.
shares an update on the work of their emergency
teams from the hurricane-devastated Bahamas.