A beached pilot whale and several dolphins and seals have been successfully rescued from the front lawn at Reaseheath College.
Fortunately the emergency wasn’t for real, but a simulated situation to enable 40 Animal Science undergraduates and Access to HE students to gain an internationally recognised qualification in wildlife rescue.
After the one day course, which included a theory session and an afternoon of practical instruction using inflatable life sized models, all group members achieved their British Divers Marine Life Rescue ‘Marine Mammal Medic’ certificate.
This well recognised 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. It is a fantastic addition to their CVs and some have been actively involved in the rescue of marine species.
The training day was organised by HE Course Manager Kevin Palmer. He explained: “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 the training. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed this course.
“I’ve learned a lot about the immediate needs of different species of marine animals in the case of an emergency such as a stranding. I have a greater understanding of how this section of the industry operates and I’m looking forward to applying what I have learned today to real-life situations.”