Lauren Cooley and Sharon Hsu are both students in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab. They are also volunteers with our Stranding Network, a network of people who collect data on deceased marine mammals. Students who volunteer with the stranding network have been very busy this year with a high rate of strandings in the area. Read more about what life is like as a stranding volunteer in this article by Monterey County Now.
To report a stranding of a deceased cetacean, pinniped, or sea turtle in Monterey County, contact the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories stranding network at 771-4422. For a live or injured animal, contact the Marine Mammal Center at 633-6298.