Speakers: Steve Whitehouse
Organisation: Whale Rescue (whalerescue.org)
Reports of stranded whales capture our attention as we wait anxiously for news and hope for success. Why do strandings take place and how do rescuers go about saving these animals?
The Marine Mammal Medic (MMM) course, developed by Steve Whitehouse in the 1980s, equips volunteers with the techniques to assist in rescues of cetaceans (marine mammals which include whales, dolphins and porpoises). Mr Whitehouse is currently the Stranding Rescue and Technical Advisor at Whale Rescue, a non-government organisation with over 40 years of hands on rescue experience. The MMM course and inflatable pontoon system that he designed have proven so successful that they are now used in 13 countries and have been attributed to saving over 10,000 cetaceans globally.
Mr Whitehouse is regularly consulted by environmental and government organisations for rescue advice and has a wealth of experience working with cetaceans. He will share with us his knowledge of whale strandings and the pioneering work being done by Whale Rescue internationally. His role in the guardianship of marine mammals has been recognised by the Queen and we are equally honoured at Gecko to present him as a guest speaker.
Who: Steve Whitehouse
When: 22nd June, 6:30 for 7.00pm.
Where: The Cove Currumbin RSL, 165 Duringan St, Currumbin QLD 4223