Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from NECWA!

Sammy Beynor finding a cold-stunned sea turtle at
Scorton Creek, Sandwich, MA on December 30, 2015.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Boston Globe Article about our GoFundMe Campaign to bring Salt to kids all over New England.

The Boston Globe recently posted in their online section a great article about NECWA's GoFundMe campaign to purchase a commercially-made inflatable model of Salt, the most famous humpback whales.

To read the entire article, click HERE.

Help NECWA reach their goal by contributing to this exciting and special fundraising campaign. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Best, Krill
President and Marine Biologist

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays from all of us at NECWA

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy and safe holiday season. 

Thank you for your continued support over the years. 

May 2016 bring you peace, happiness, and joy!  

11th Ocean Sunfish carcass of the 2015 season.

Our 11th ocean sunfish carcass of the 2015 season stranded yesterday on First Encounter Beach in Eastham, MA. Thanks to Allie, her dad Ken, her mom and cute dog, who reported this carcass to NECWA yesterday morning.

Meg, Allie (her dog), and Kayla.

Allie was on break from college and was spending time on the Cape with her family. Little did she know that Krill would put her to work and give her a knife to help with the necropsy. There is no better way to get experience than by doing and how often do you get a chance to do something like this! 

Aluminum tripod donated by Dale and Annette Eldridge.
We were able to try out our new aluminum tripod that was donated to NECWA by Dale and Annette Eldridge. We want to thank them very much for this wonderful donation for it will allow NECWA to safely weigh large carcasses. We also want to thank Krill's neighbor Dick who made the wooden pads and the flexible rod. Without these tools, we couldn't do the job correctly and safely.

Kayla attaching the chain fall. 
Tripod ready for action. 
Krill and Kayla putting the straps under the carcass. 
Lifting the carcass. 
Final product! Getting an accurate weight for the carcass. 

An average sized fish - 462 pounds. 
All of the carcasses that NECWA has examined are juvenile fish. Hard to image a juvenile fish weighing 462 pounds. But this wasn't the biggest fish we have seen to date, just one of average size.

Meg collecting data. 

Kayla measuring the dorsal fin. 
Kayla and Krill examining the pharyngeal gill slits. 
Everyone worked hard together as a team and learned a lot. All the data and tissues collected will be shared with students and professors at Bridgewater State University and with researchers in New England as well as world-wide. By working together with others who are also fascinated with this species, we hope to learn more about this amazing animal that comes to our New England waters each summer to feed on jellyfish. Got to love 'em!

Allie examining the digestive tract. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Support NECWA through AmazonSmile

Support NECWA this holiday season by choosing the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance as the organization you support on your AmazonSmile account.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NECWA. This isn't a lot, but it does add up and we greatly appreciate any level of support.

Thank you for your support. 

Happy Holidays to one and all!

Click below for NECWA's AmazonSmile account.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Bazaar at St. Martha's and Mary's in Lakeville

On Saturday, December 6th, NECWA was part of the annual Christmas Bizaar at St. Martha's and Mary's in Lakeville. We had a great time chatting-up the work we do with coastal marine wildlife and NECWA offered a free activity for any of the kids who were interested.

Our Christmas holiday activity was "make your own whale ornament" where kids could choose a whale photo taken offshore and use it to make an ornament that they could hang on their tree. We love the creativity of these young folk.

A big "thank you" to our staff members Krill, Mary, and our intern Alex, for doing such a great job. We hope to return to this event next season for we all enjoyed the festivities. We met many old friends at the bazaar as well as many

Alex helping out at our whale ornament activity. 
Happy holidays to one and all.

Marine wildlife displays at the Christmas bazaar.