The guest speaker was James McKenzie from British Divers Marine Life Rescue. He is a marine mammal medic, his talk was fascinating and he revealed how to calm stress in whales by talking to them!
UK based international marine mammal rescue organisation.
45 units around Britain. Global lead authority on marine mammal rescue. The Fife unit is busiest in Britain, only Cornwall is busier.
Rescue the following:-
Harbour Porpoise timid animal up to 2 metres on length.
Common Dolphins up to 2.5 metres 200kg.
Atlantic White Sided Dolphin up to 2.7 metres, 200kg.
White Beaked Dolphin up to 3.1 metres, 350Kg
Bottlenose Dolphin up to 4 metres, 500Kg
Long Finned Pilot Whale up to 6 metres, 3.5 tons (most commonly stranded species).
Orca / Killer Whale up to 9.8 metres, 9 tons
Sperm Whale up to 20.5 metres, 67 tons (one 44 foot long stranded and died in Tay.)
Minke Whale up to 8.5metres, 8 tons
Humpbacked Whale up to 16 metres, 37 tons
Sel Whale up to 19.5 metres, 28 tons
Fin Whale up to 27.3 metres, 74 tons
Causes of standings
Social reasons - mass strandings
The main thing rescued are seals.
Teeth like dogs and easy to get bitten. Can cause serious infections.
Caught up in fishing gear
Creel pots (up to 20 at a time)
Train on Loch Ness including Nantucket Sleigh ride rescue.
Threats to marine animals
Litter and plastics
Plastic bags look like jelly fish to seals.
Rescue Boats - Scottish one based in Dundee
British Divers established in 1988 when really ill seals were identified. Group of divers in England offered to help and do organisation started.
“Some people save stamps or coins, James saves whales.”