Sunday, February 21, 2016

Painterly Paint Night Fundraiser for NECWA on Earth Day!

Join the staff and interns of NECWA for a fun night of painting that will support our many programs and projects.

Hand-paint 2 glass items of your choice and use an existing design or one that you create yourself!

Registration fee includes 2 glass items, pain, brushes, smock, and professional instruction from Holli Faria of Studio Life Art.

Go to our Constant Contact Event Site by clicking HERE to learn more or to register for this fun event!

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!  Hope you can join us for a great cause!

Display of Long-Finned Pilot Whale Skeleton at Bridgewater State University

Watch the journey of this skeleton as you learn of its death in the marshes of Lieutenant's Island in 1982 and its display at Bridgewater State University, first in the Conant Science Building and then in the new science building.

Thanks to NECWA staff member, Alex Egan, for putting this together for us. It is a fun video and we hope you enjoy it.

Best, Krill
Marine Biologist, President of NECWA

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Special Wish for YOU!

May your day be filled with love, kindness, generosity, empathy, gratitude, and compassion for all who live on this amazing planet, Earth. 

We are grateful for your continued interest and support of our organization and the work that we do on behalf of people and coastal marine wildlife. 

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Click HERE 

to learn more about this special holiday offer or to order your card today! 

Payment is through PayPal (credit and debit are also accepted via PayPal).

Image of Salt by Adam Whittier  © 2015

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Sea Turtle Necropsies are in full swing!

Sea Turtle Necropsies down at Woods Hole!

As we wind down our sea turtle rescues on Cape Cod beaches, we now begin necropsying the sea turtles that didn't make it. Rescuing live animals from the beach makes our hearts sing as we feel like we are making a difference in the lives of these endangered marine creatures. So dealing with the carcasses of animals that didn't survive, makes us very sad.

If we use these carcasses as learning tools, then our efforts are not wasted. Each carcass examined allows us to collect valuable information that will help us better understand their biology and ecology.

NECWA collaborates with Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay for sea turtle necropsies down on the Quisset Campus at WHOI. What a great team of staff and volunteers! And what a great experience for our staff and interns.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from NECWA!

Sammy Beynor finding a cold-stunned sea turtle at
Scorton Creek, Sandwich, MA on December 30, 2015.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Boston Globe Article about our GoFundMe Campaign to bring Salt to kids all over New England.

The Boston Globe recently posted in their online section a great article about NECWA's GoFundMe campaign to purchase a commercially-made inflatable model of Salt, the most famous humpback whales.

To read the entire article, click HERE.

Help NECWA reach their goal by contributing to this exciting and special fundraising campaign. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Best, Krill
President and Marine Biologist

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays from all of us at NECWA

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy and safe holiday season. 

Thank you for your continued support over the years. 

May 2016 bring you peace, happiness, and joy!  

11th Ocean Sunfish carcass of the 2015 season.

Our 11th ocean sunfish carcass of the 2015 season stranded yesterday on First Encounter Beach in Eastham, MA. Thanks to Allie, her dad Ken, her mom and cute dog, who reported this carcass to NECWA yesterday morning.

Meg, Allie (her dog), and Kayla.

Allie was on break from college and was spending time on the Cape with her family. Little did she know that Krill would put her to work and give her a knife to help with the necropsy. There is no better way to get experience than by doing and how often do you get a chance to do something like this! 

Aluminum tripod donated by Dale and Annette Eldridge.
We were able to try out our new aluminum tripod that was donated to NECWA by Dale and Annette Eldridge. We want to thank them very much for this wonderful donation for it will allow NECWA to safely weigh large carcasses. We also want to thank Krill's neighbor Dick who made the wooden pads and the flexible rod. Without these tools, we couldn't do the job correctly and safely.

Kayla attaching the chain fall. 
Tripod ready for action. 
Krill and Kayla putting the straps under the carcass. 
Lifting the carcass. 
Final product! Getting an accurate weight for the carcass. 

An average sized fish - 462 pounds. 
All of the carcasses that NECWA has examined are juvenile fish. Hard to image a juvenile fish weighing 462 pounds. But this wasn't the biggest fish we have seen to date, just one of average size.

Meg collecting data. 

Kayla measuring the dorsal fin. 
Kayla and Krill examining the pharyngeal gill slits. 
Everyone worked hard together as a team and learned a lot. All the data and tissues collected will be shared with students and professors at Bridgewater State University and with researchers in New England as well as world-wide. By working together with others who are also fascinated with this species, we hope to learn more about this amazing animal that comes to our New England waters each summer to feed on jellyfish. Got to love 'em!

Allie examining the digestive tract.