Ocean conservation is a vast umbrella of issues and tasks that must be undertaken by many to ensure their success, and marine animal rescue is a vital cog in the wheel. Rescuing a single animal may seem inconsequential to some, but the information learned about these creatures, their habitat, and what threats they face are invaluable to the preservation of an ecosystem as a whole. It is important to remember that all marine creatures play a specific role in their ecosystems, so indeed every life is valuable. Maryland’s National Aquarium is taking charge of ocean conservation through their Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP), permitted by NOAA to respond to marine animal strandings and facilitate the treatment and release of the injured or diseased animal. A variety of 100 aquatic creatures have been rehabilitated here since the program began, including sea turtles, dolphins, harbor seals, and even a pygmy sperm whale! The tireless effort expended to ensure the health and safety of all marine life is praiseworthy, and you can see a day in the life of MARP in this footage.
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