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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

...including folding flippers....
...folding is important to train for stranding response beach rescue scenarios
...and reinforcing the material around vulnerable points is important to ensure a long life for the well used models
Realistic underbody detailing with raised patches to allow trainees to determine whether male or female by underbody feeling rather than visually
Off to their new homes training the next generation
At the shoreline near the University of Alaska South East, students learn how to respond to Marine Mammal strandings, including first aid for a Porpoise
Learning how to coax a seal pup into a carton for transportation to a rehab centre is all part of the coursework
Taking accurate measurements and recording all data is important, and here the Porpoise gets a full examination. The lifesize lifelike models are great training aids
The seal pup gets a full examination, down on the beach where you might encounter a real example, and such fieldwork is invaluable in training and preparing for stranding response
The Steller's Sea Lion gets the same detailed examination, with the model air filled, but it might be used water filled to replicate the weight, and train for live or dead stranding response
"The Critters" line up with the students and Professor Heidi Pearson in the centre. This was the students' favourite part of the semester !
The Alaskan trio of creatures, Steller's Sea Lion, Harbor Porpoise, and Harbor Seal pup, outside the Whale Workshop studio
Porpoise and seal pup, body shape adapted for water filling, with flat lower profile and reinforced detailing, resin painted, made to be life-like
Get the body proportions and the shape right, and they look real
Tail end just as important as front end

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