Mustangs learn about animal strandings from biologist

Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Thursday, April 8 the Youth Environmental Action Committee (YEAC) hosted a virtual webinar with the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

The YEAC is a group of Manatee County students, aged 14-18, that helps create an eco-friendly community.  LRHS junior Ally Adamo founded the committee in late 2020.

Amber Lea Kincaid led a presentation about the Stranding Investigation in South West Florida.

Kincaid is a biologist involved in the marine animal stranding response at Mote.

Kincaid stated, “The South West Florida Mote Marine Stranding’s team focuses on rescuing manatees, sea turtles, and cetaceans, especially in Sarasota and Manatee County.”

The Stranding Investigation is a program that provides 24-hour rescue and protection to marine animals.

The biggest threats for these animals are extreme temperatures, boat strikes, natural diseases, and pollution.

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Junior Emilia Simeone said, “The presentation was extremely informational in learning about the dangers for marine animals and how to protect them.”

Watch the full presentation here.

The YEAC urges Mustangs to be help protect injured marine animals by calling the following hotlines:

Stranding Investigation Protection: 888-345-2335

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC): 888-404-3922

To learn more about the Stranding Investigation or to find out more about future webinars follow the Youth Environmental Action Committee on Instagram @yeac_manatee.