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Marine Mammals, Sentinels of Ocean Health
November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SBMM Members: $10.00
Doors open to SBMM Members at 6:15pm and to non-members at 6:45pm.
To register call (805) 456-8747 to secure your spot.
*Tickets are not refundable. If you are unable to use your ticket, please contact SBMM so that we can allow someone else to attend.
Sponsored by: Marie Morrisroe
Marine mammals are sentinel species. They are barometers for current and potential negative impacts on individual and population levels, ocean and human health. The Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands are the Galapagos of North America. They are host to a plethora of marine life including six species of pinnipeds and 30 species of cetaceans. The Islands also have breeding rookeries for California sea lions, Northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals and Northern fur seals. As indicator species, the health of these marine mammals and the reasons they strand are indicative of the health of our oceans. Following these trends can determine the relative state of ocean health which impacts human health. Ocean, environmental, animal and human health are all connected under the One Health approach. CIMWI is a part of the conservation and research efforts on the frontline with marine mammals which are the “canaries in the coal mine.”