2008-05-09 / School News

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Hosts Workshop

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance kicked off its school workshops this week with marine biologists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research, who conducted mock dolphin strandings off the beach at Beach 29 Street with students from KAPPA VI and PS 43.

Students had the rare opportunity of working with the only organization authorized in New York State to rescue dolphins, whales or seals off New York City beaches. Many of these mammals are frequently rescued off Rockaway shores and most of the students were unaware of how often these animals are swimming off shore.

Students, working in teams, reenacted the procedures biologist follow when a stranded marine mammal is reported.

They also learned what is involved in bringing a stressed or injured animal to their facility for recuperation. With support from Independence Community Foundation and Port Authority New York/New Jersey, the Rockaway Water Alliance was able to offer this workshop to the public schools.

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