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Marine Mammal Rescue Training Creatures

For the past 20 years The Whale Workshop has been developing life-sized water-filled Rescue Training Marine Mammal models, based on the air-filled ones, but with heavy duty details to take the extra weight, and enhanced features like folding flippers, blowholes, etc. These are used to train volunteers, project officers, rescue services personel, vets, college students, etc, in handling marine mammals and in stranding responses, and The Whale Workshop makes most of these water filled creatures including Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seal adults and pups. We dont offer the training, but other organisations do, such as BDMLR - British Divers Marine Life Rescue in UK and overseas, IFAW , NOAA  and various stranding networks in USA, and others worldwide. We make the life-sized models.

This Photoalbum has details of Rescue Training models made in past 20 years, including recent orders for a Porpoise for Cornwall Wildlife Trust to join the Bottlenose Dolphin made for them 10 years ago. and a Bottlenose Dolphin for Delfacenter in Russia. This will add to the Black Sea stranding response training already provided by TUDAV in Turkey,  with their Dolphin, Porpoise and Monk Seal models which we have made for them previously. Marine mammals in the Black Sea are seriously endangered, and hopefully we can make more training creatures for other ngos working in the countries bordering the Black Sea, so that greater awareness can lead to better protection measures. Previous orders include four Seals and a Dolphin for a University in Essex, UK, and a trio for a Marine Biology Department at The University of Alaska in Juneau , Alaska, including a Steller's Sea Lion, which will be used to train students in stranding responses, and in taking accurate morphological measurements of stranding casualties. Another order was for 4 seal pups for BDMLR, to replace ones made 10 years ago. These have worked hard at hundreds of Marine Mammal Medic Courses around UK and overseas, and the new ones will enable the old pups to "be retired", as well as serving as new "Seal Ambassadors" on UK and overseas BDMLR courses. All the rescue training creatures feature the same attention to detail as the air filled ones , and the hand-built quality that makes them "sought after" worldwide, and still working years after being made.  You cannot beat quality.

Pictures of Alaskan trio of creatures in action are in this photoalbum, and also here

More info on Alaskan Marine Wildlife Rescue matters in their newsletter here

Also see a previous photoalbum which features Seal Pairs made in past few years, these being air filled for education, awareness raising, etc in schools , on board ferries, in coastal centres and elsewhere across the globe. Hand made in UK, exported worldwide.  CLICK ON INDIVIDUAL PICTURES TO ENLARGE

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Marine Conservation Manager Ruth Williams takes charge of the Rescue Training Porpoise, her new "little friend"
Rescue training Porpoise has same attention to detail that all our models have, with folding flippers, blowhole, etc, and accurate proportions and dimensions.
...and here is their Bottlenose Dolphin, just after it had a "repaint", still in excellent condition after 10 years usage, and ready for more work.
Here is Delfa the Dolphin, a rescue training Bottlenose made for an ngo in Russia, working to raise awareness of Black Sea Marine Mammals
Delfa was a real Dolphin, captured and imprisoned in a silo pit, as an "attraction". She was rescued by the people behind Delfacenter, but alas she died.
This dolphin is a female Black Sea bottlenose, just like Delfa, and will travel across Russia raising awareness and creating a better attitude towards wildlife
Delfa will be busy, appearing on national TV shows, visiting schools, training Russian people in stranding responses, and lots more. She is beautiful, its in her eyes.
How can you not fall in love with this creature?
This dolphin has a mending kit and a double action pump, and they all fit into a "cabinmax" bag so she can fly anywhere
Everything assembled ready to go, Delfa the Dolphin and her flight bag, with everything she needs
Would you believe it! Delfa is all packed and ready to fly !
Safely arrived in Russia, Delfa makes an appearence on the rescue training stretcher at Delfacenter in Sochi
Another view of Delfa, on the stretcher used for training stranding responders in Sochi
Here is Delfa again , on a training exercise
...and here the young visitors to Delfacenter learn how to "save a Dolphin", and become a Dolphin friend for life