Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network Helping Our Sea Friends

August 10, 2017, 11:00 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (NEWS NOW) — South Carolina’s rich ecology extends from the forest to the sea.

Some of the most wide ranging communities swim off our coast in the Atlantic ocean. This delicate habitat requires protection and constant study as the world changes around us — an immense task that has led to private organizations becoming more prominent stewards of the environment.

Lauren Rust is the founder of Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) and shares how this organization is helping sea wildlife.

LMMN allows the study and protection of marine life through professionals and often by volunteers.

Rust formed LMMN to take on some of the responsibility that previously fell on government shoulders — the responsibility of collecting dead specimens.

LMMN seeks to educate general public on federal regulations and respond to marine mammal strandings under a letter of authorization from NOAA fisheries.

The purpose in retrieving stranded animals from beaches and waterways is in hope to learn more about the causes of death, anatomy, physiology, distribution, disease and life history.

Currently, LMMN is looking for a full-size pickup truck capable of carrying a sick dolphin or carcass.

If you would like to find out how you can donate or find more information, visit the LMMN website.