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The stranding of marine mammals, like dolphins, in ENC will be further studied thanks to NOAA grants

Bottlenose dolphin.
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Two North Carolina organizations have received federal grant money to support their efforts to respond to stranded marine mammals — like dolphins.

Two North Carolina organizations have received federal grant money to support their efforts to respond to stranded marine mammals — like dolphins.

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the funds will be used for response to marine mammal strandings in southern North Carolina -- with an emphasis on the bottlenose dolphin -- as well as how human interaction impacts their health. The grant totaled just under $100,000.

A second nearly $100,000 grant will allow the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to study strandings and unusual mortality events among marine mammals.

NOAA’s John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance grant program supports the conservation and recovery of protected marine specie by helping to improve stranding and entanglement response and investigations into marine mammal health.

This year more than $3.7 million dollars in grants was awarded, nearly $1 million in the Greater Atlantic Region.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.