Suffering Bottlenose Dolphins of Indian River Lagoon

August 25, 2010
Hosted by Rob Moir

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Episode Description

Dr. Greg Bossart has been researching bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon for many years. He continues to be astonished by how many different ailments dolphins must deal with including viruses, skin-eating fungal infections, heightened resistance to antibiotics and high levels (21x acceptable limits) of mercury. Hear about the suite of sufferings and learn what we can do to help the dolphins of Indian Lagoon. Aaron Viles, Campaign Director with the Gulf Coast Restoration Network joins us for an update on further unexpected developments following the massive oil leak. Aaron tells how a twenty mile in diameter, thousand foot depth oily plume may have vanished. Chris Laughlin, Ocean Champions, called in to say ocean protection paddler Margo Pellegrino (featured in last episode) was welcomed to Santa Cruz Harbor beach. Margo’s off to San Diego shaded by an OC cap. Mike Dunmyer completed the episode with ocean conservation actions on Capital Hill for this fall.

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With the knowledge of Carson and the courage of Achilles, individuals are steadfastly going the distance to defend wildlife and ecosystems from assaults of environmental degradations and destructions. Join environmental studies scientist Dr. Rob Moir for lively dialogue and revealing narrative inquiry into how individuals are overcoming the obstacles turning forlorn hope into effective actions for oceans, rivers, watersheds, wildlife and ecosystems. Discover how listening to individuals, thinking locally, and acting in concert with other, you can act to save ecosystems. Got environmental stewardship? Become an Eco-steward. Act to bring about a greener and blue Planet Earth.

Rob Moir

Rob Moir is director and founder of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir, an educator and scientist, has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founder of Salem Sound Harbor Monitors & Salem Sound 2000, later president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he later served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, an advancement officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the boards of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston, Ocean Champions, and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

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