Learn about our local expeditions along the California coastline as part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
The Academy's Ornithology and Mammalogy collections manager Moe Flannery discusses the Academy's roll in the network and what a "typical" response effort entails. All marine mammals are protected by federal law, even after death, and scientific information from these animals helps us better understand the health of marine mammal populations.
Maureen Flannery (Moe) is the acting collections manager for the the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences.
Maureen Flannery of the California Academy of Sciences explains the forensics used to discover cause of death in marine life. Important findings in her research include death by human interaction involving fishery-related incidents, ship strikes and ... gunshot wounds? Performing a recent necropsy of a sea lion in Half Moon Bay, she found a bullet in its rib.