Wellfleet Public Library's Women in Science Series Presents: Team Mola with Carol Krill Carson
Sunday, March 17th at 3pm
Wellfleet Public Library 55 W. Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Learn more about this work and how you can help save and protect this giant Cape Cod visitor.
A community effort to rescue and study Ocean Sunfish in the waters off Cape Cod
Ocean Sunfish are the heaviest bony fish in the world and each summer they feed in the waters off Cape Cod. In the fall, ocean sunfish head south to warmer more tropical waters. Some individuals become trapped in Cape Cod Bay and eventually strand in tidal harbors, shallow coves and muddy estuaries. Those that survive into the early winter will ultimately succumb to cold-stunning, a physiological response to prolonged exposure to cold water. The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is an all-volunteer non-profit that rescues and studies this very unusual fish. Marine biologist, Krill Carson, leads NECWA's rescue and necropsy team to save as many ocean sunfish as possible and to learn more about this unusual species. This fall, NECWA teamed-up with Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay to create a new project called Team Mola. Members of Team Mola are trained Audubon volunteers who help tag carcasses as well as conduct preliminary examinations.
Carol “Krill” Carson is the President of NECWA and a marine biologist who has studied marine wildlife off Cape Cod since 1980. She is the founder and President of the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance; she is a Professor in the Biology Department at Bridgewater State University.
Free and open to all.