Large Whale Response Program Wish List

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is New York's lead large whale response organization. We respond to live and deceased animals that wash up on our shores, monitor animals observed in unusual locations, support stranding networks partners in other areas, and work to uncover what is impacting these amazing creatures. 

Events with large whales in New York are complex and require specialized equipment and highly trained individuals who can work with any challenge. Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is working to build partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, and community organizations to ensure that every cetacean in need gets the appropriate assistance as efficiently as possible and to increase stranding response capacity in New York.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we need your help in these efforts.

MONITORING & PHOTO DOCUMENTATION - $15,000

  • Digital SLR cameras with telephoto lenses and accessories
  • Video documentation equipment including drone support
  • Handheld GPS Units like the Garmin 76C Marine unit
  • Handheld VHF Radios
  • Rugged computer like the Panasonic Toughbook CF31a and digital storage for data, images and animal files

NECROPSY EQUIPMENT & TESTING - $10,000

  • Knives, knife sharpening
  • Data collection supplies including data sheets, folders and pencils/ markers
  • Sampling supplies including zip lock bags, whirl pack bags and histology jars
  • Necropsy table
  • Freezers and sample storage expenses

ACTIVE TRACKING SUPPLIES - $18,000

  • Satellite tags
  • Tagging supplies
  • Data processing expenses 
  • Staff training to attach tags and analyze data

MOBILE RESPONSE UNIT - $86,000

  • Trailer (~$ 36,000): Outfitted with heating, AC,  a generator, lighting,  plumbing,  triage equipment, safety equipment  including fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and temperature monitors
  • Tow vehicle ($30,000): 2500 or 250 series, four wheel drive, 6ft bed
  • Diagnostic equipment (~$ 20K):  Blood analyzer, electrolyte analyzer, mobile ultrasound, thermometers

SAFETY GEAR, RESPONSE, AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT - $42,000

  • Specialized flotation pontoons made for large whales
  • Custom Canvas stretchers to support animals during transport
  • Heavy load tow straps
  • Mustang surface suits for on water operations
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Helmets for disentanglement operations
  • Fast boat safety training
  • First aid and CPR training