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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

A complete "Marine Mammal Package" for a University in Essex, UK, included a common dolphin, male and female common seals, and a pair of seal pups
The two seal pups made were different, a Common seal pup and a Grey seal pup, both seen around UK coastline
...and they were joined by a Common Dolphin
Then a month or so later the adult seals were completed
Nice dappled camouflage coats for the adult Common Seals
...and lots of details on the heads of the two seal pups, a Grey and a Common ( also called a Harbour Seal)
All set to go to their new home at Writtle University College in Essex, training the next generation of Marine Mammal carers
Rear end looks just as good as the front end, lots of accurate detailing
Real seals do not have a fill valve, but ours do, used to fill with air or water, the valves being the same as used on inflatable liferafts etc
Notice different head details on the two species of seal pup
Mum Seal looks good too with typical head-down profile
...whilst Dad has the ever-watchful head-up posture
Now they are joined by the Common Dolphin that was made as part of the Marine Wildlife Package for this college
All rescue training creatures have a flatter lower body line, to facilitate a realistic beach rescue scenario when used water filled
All creatures come with a mending kit, including spare fill valve and fitting wrench, tube of repair glue and some material patches, plus a high vis container to keep it all in