Marine Mammal Rescue Day
Marine Mammal Rescue Day is a holiday observed every April 27th. It honors the dedicated individuals who have worked hard to make a difference in the lives of marine animals. Animal care specialists, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, and marine rescue teams are all celebrated on this day.
Another purpose of this holiday is to encourage people to contribute their time and money to causes that protect marine mammals.
These animals should not only be protected because many of them are cute, but also because they play an important role in the ocean’s food web and help ensure the ecosystem is balanced. This benefits not only other animal species but also humans directly.
The History of Marine Mammal Rescue Day
California State Senator Toni Atkins passed the bill that designated this day as Marine Mammal Rescue Day. The first celebration of this holiday occurred in 2017, and it has been observed every year since then.
Observing Marine Mammal Rescue Day
There are several ways that people can observe this holiday. One of the most basic is by reusing, reducing, and recycling waste. Many of the challenges marine mammals face today stem from the introduction of plastics into the ocean. Plastic can cause lacerations and internal injuries to marine mammals.
When marine mammals ingest plastic instead of their usual prey, it can lead to starvation. Plastic can also cause internal obstructions that can result in excruciating deaths for marine mammals. So, the first step people can take is to help keep plastic out of the oceans.
Of course, there are other ways for people to help as well. They can learn more about ocean conservation and donate to organizations working to save marine animals throughout the year. People can also volunteer their time to help marine conservation organizations.
Organizations such as Oceana, Ocean Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Greenpeace work tirelessly to help marine mammals and other forms of marine life. Finally, people can take the time to spread the word about Marine Mammal Rescue Day.
This can be done by telling friends and family about this holiday or by organizing fundraising events for various marine conservation organizations on this day. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #MarineMammalRescueDay on social media.