Insights and Opinions from Maria Abaca – Nurse and Animal Supporter
The non-profit that Maria Abaca co-founded, Animal Support, is proud to announce their support of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies.
I am so proud to announce our support of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), which is a nonprofit resource located in the Gulf Coast that also assists in aiding marine animals.
IMMS started in 1984 that served as an educational resource for institutions of both a private and public nature that require biological information on marine life. In the years since its foundation it has become a source for expert medical care for marine mammals that have been injured, as well as providing state-of-the-art research facilities and funds for graduates students in the field of marine mammal science.
The IMMS serves a very important role, especially in light of the abuse of marine mammals occurring in the Gulf Coast. Dolphins in particular have seen several threats in the last several years due to several issues: The BP oil spill in 2010 left many dolphins susceptible to illness and injury; local authorities discovered 8 dolphins that had endured severe wounds from gunshots and stabbings in 2012, resulting in Animal Support offering a $1,000 reward for information that would help National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration authorities bring the perpetrators to justice.
With the Gulf of Mexico making up the largest population of dolphins in the United States it is imperative that there is an organization that can help these marine mammals in their times of need and find ways to improve their lives through research.
For more information on the partnership between Animal Support and IMMS visit our press release on our support.
By Maria Abaca