Safety Best Practices

Human Safety

  1. NEVER put yourself in a dangerous situation
  2. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions
  3. Keep an eye on tides and weather as they change
  4. Be aware of environmental hazards
  5. Wear disposable gloves, safety glasses, a face mask if you are in a confined space with the animals or near the blow area
  6. Cover wounds with protective dressings
  7. Avoid contact with bodily fluids
  8. Wash exposed skin and clothing thoroughly
  9. Do not lean over the blowhole of exhaling animals
  10. Do not expose pets or other animals to potentially contaminated clothing or gear
  11. Do not consume food or beverages in the vicinity of stranded animals or at necropsy
  12. Children, ill or Immune-compromised individuals and pregnant women should avoid direct contact with marine mammals
  13. Adopt and use necropsy, husbandry and laboratory procedures that minimize the risk of cuts and injuries
  14. Seek immediate medical attention for injuries

Animal Safety


Woods Hole Open Access Server

This link takes you to the Marine Mammal Stranding Response repository on the Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS). You will need to register on that site to download content and training materials that are housed there. This will be a one-time registration process.

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