marine mammal medic - beached whale reaseheath college

A beached pilot whale and several dolphins and seals have been successfully rescued from the front lawn at Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

But thankfully this was a simulated rescue to enable 40 Animal Science students to gain an internationally recognised qualification in wildlife rescue!

They engaged in an afternoon of practical instruction using inflatable life sized models so they could achieve their British Divers Marine Life Rescue “Marine Mammal Medic” certificate.

The award is offered annually to undergraduates at University Centre Reaseheath and qualifies them to help in day-to-day marine wildlife emergencies via a national register.

The training day was organised by HE Course Manager Kevin Palmer.

He said: “We are one of the few training institutions to offer this additional industry recognised qualification.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students which could open the door to many careers in marine rehabilitation and research.”

Benjamin Johnston, a BSc Wildlife Conservation and Ecology undergraduate, was among those to complete this year’s qualification.

He said: “I have really enjoyed the course.

“I have learned a lot about the immediate needs of different species of marine animals in the case of an emergency such as a stranding and I now understand better how this section of the industry operates.

“I am looking forward to applying what I have learned today to real-life situations.”

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