KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) – For 51 years, people around the world have set aside Earth Day, April 22, to think about protecting the environment. This includes the ocean, which is a huge part of the Earth’s environment.
Nobody knows that better than the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder organization in Key Largo.READ MORE: South Florida Businesses Relying On Tourism Hope To Recover From Pandemic Lows
“It was founded primarily to connect people with dolphins so that we learn to care about them more and protect them. So research and conservation are at the core heart of the DPMMR mission,” explained Steve McCulloch, DPMMR stranding coordinator.
The non-profit leads the only whale and dolphin stranding organization covering 10,000 square miles of marine habitat in the Florida Keys.READ MORE: Search Resumes For Missing 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano After Person Of Interest Found Dead
CBS4 photojournalist Rafael Murciano recently spent some time at their Key Largo facility and learned that every day is Earth Day at DPMMR.
“The primary threats facing dolphins in this region and throughout Florida are actually entanglement and boat strikes. We encourage people to recognize their role and responsibility to protect wild dolphins by being responsible boaters and teaching those skills to their children and to the next generation,” said McCulloch.
“You have immense responsibility, and our goal is to respond to every stranding event to characterize why these animals strand and to provide care and assistance to sick and injured dolphins,” he explained. “At the same time, the core of our mission is to educate people about the importance of dolphins in the wild and their role as sentinels of the ocean in human health. We share the same water, we eat the same food, and these animals, like ourselves, are long lived. mammals and again, they are to the sea as we are to the land.”MORE NEWS: 'We Got Our Man': Patrick McDowell, Wanted For Killing Florida Deputy Captured
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