The "green” trend began long ago, but the Jennette’s Pier staff never lets conservation go out of style. Our Green Team initiatives include monthly beach sweeps for litter, stepping up recycling efforts, and teaching anglers about catch-and-release and other practices that help sustain fisheries.
Another staff project includes assisting the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network. A handful of Pier workers take turns monitoring the stranding hotline, or “whale phone” as it’s become known. This time of year, whales and dolphins do occasionally strand on Dare County beaches. When this happens, these marine mammals are most often diseased, and dying.
Stranding teams respond to the scene to help educate concerned onlookers about these events and why they happen. Basic data is also collected and recorded: length, sex and species identification. In some cases the animal’s body is kept so scientists can study the biology of marine mammals that frequent the Outer Banks.
One such example involved a Gervais’ beaked whale that stranded in Salvo back in July of 2012. Its skeleton was rearticulated by Keith Rittmaster, curator of Natural Sciences, N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The fascinating display was installed as a new exhibit at Jennette’s last month.