Data & sample collection - dead animals
While not every marine animal that is found dead can be examined, it is a priority for MARS to perform basic documentation, measurements and sample collection from every incident we respond to. In order to examine trends over time, particularly related to species occurrence, general health and incident of human interaction and disease, it is important that all carcasses are examined. This work is often done with the help of trained volunteers aiding a MARS response coordinator.
Volunteers interested in this work are trained in species identification, how to take proper photographs and look for signs of injury, illness or human interaction and how to conduct sample collection and basic measurements.