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Members of the Marine Mammals Stranding Center are also eligible for Aspire FCU membership.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private, non-profit organization, started in 1978 with a handful of volunteers and a C.E.T.A. grant, was founded, and is still directed by Robert Schoelkopf.
He and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with a small paid staff and volunteers with a wide variety of talents and professional backgrounds, continue to work with the animals. Originally based in Gardner’s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City, the Center is now located on the barrier island of Brigantine, which borders coastal New Jersey’s largest wildlife refuge.
With a permit and authorization from the state and federal governments, the Center has responded to over 5,100 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore over the years. Even though these governments sanction the handling of strandings in New Jersey only, the Center is occasionally called upon to assist with animals in other states. All funding comes through donations, grants, memberships, and fundraising efforts. Since there is no permanent funding at this time, your donations and membership dollars are vital. Your support will help the facility to expand and to care for the increasing number of animals. Without your assistance, these creatures have little hope of survival or rehabilitation.
The Blowhole is a publication of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. It is an excellent source of information on the current year’s strandings, articles by knowledgeable employees, and a calendar of future events. Membership rates for children/seniors, families and businesses or organizations can be found on our membership/donation form. Donations in excess of these amounts are gladly welcomed and appreciated. Membership includes a subscription to The Blowhole, and discounts on merchandise from the Center’s museum gift shop.
To receive further information, please contact the Membership Secretary, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, PO Box 773, Brigantine, NJ 08203. Telephone: (609) 266-0538. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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