Did you ever wonder what happens to a seal or dolphin that is injured or becomes ill? What types of sharks live near the New Jersey coast? Why are there so many aggressive green head flies in Brigantine, New Jersey? The students attending the Y.A.L.E. School Northfield Extended School Year program had all of these questions answered and more when they attended the Marine Mammal Stranding Center on Wednesday, July 29th.
Upon arrival, the students toured the museum and saw life-sized replicas of Hammerhead sharks, dolphins and a multitude of salt-water fish. They also learned how stranded and injured animals are cared for at the facility. The group then returned to the bus and were escorted to the beach where they learned about the creatures that inhabit the salt marsh. The students and teachers used a special dredging net and were excited to identify its contents. This was a great “hands-on” learning experience for all of the students.
One student named Cole noted “I never knew that crabs walked sideways!”
His classmate Elliott said he loved the salt marsh and beach and wished that he could go more often. He was really impressed that there is an actual rescue team to care for and save stranded mammals so close to the Y.A.L.E. School.