Led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Powell River’s Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) will present marine mammal stranding/refloatation training at Willingdon Beach on Saturday, February 15.
The event will start at approximately 9:30 am (weather permitting), according to a WOWs media release. All members of the public are welcome to watch the limited number of registered participants in training.
An artificial whale will be used for training purposes.
WOWs has partnered with the DFO to expand education regarding response and rescue to marine mammal incidents, including ongoing training, workshops, presentations and outreach programs, according to the media release.
WOWs also provides educational resources for teachers, students and the general public, as well as whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings reports and maps at whalesanddolphinsbc.com.
The release states that the organization is a registered Canadian charity raising public awareness, respect and enthusiasm for the protection and welfare of our coastal wildlife and marine ecosystems.