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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

Thats better, upside down now, but watch out, coming towards you at full speed
...went past inches away, impressive swimming ability
Its important that 100s of kilos of water filled model can be rotated through 360degrees, so that stranding responders can train to handle and possibly move the real ones
The Alaskan trio of creatures all together now for a final swim-by
Off they go on their long ocean voyage to a far away place, to train up the next generation...
So long you guys, make lots of friends in Alaska, its been great making you," fare thee well"
Four Grey Seal pups made for BDMLR, to be used at Marine Mammal Medic courses around UK and overseas...
...getting their first outing at The Oceans Festival at ExCel London. Here they are hanging out with Roadshow creatures in the Seal & Turtle corner
Lots of detail on each one, and they are all different, with the characteristic variety in colour and markings seen on the real pups
Here Stephen Marsh, BDMLR Operations Manager, gives them a quick medical check before he takes charge of them
They are in safe hands now, off to train the next generation of Marine Mammal Medics on BDMLR courses
Off they go as Mrs Grey Seal looks on...slow down you guys, wait for Stephen