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Why Sarah Saves Seals

Meet Sarah Callan, Mystic Aquarium’s Assistant Stranding Manager from the Animal Rescue Clinic. The Animal Rescue Program has been around since 1975 and rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and stranded marine animals along 1,000 miles of the Northeastern coastline throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island. The team responds to an average of 150 hotline calls each year while also providing support to other stranding facilities in New England and even as far as California.

Sarah’s role does not only encompass assisting with the animals that come into the clinic but also educating our community and growing the Animal Rescue Team through free first-responder trainings which educate about federal regulations that ensure the safety of these animals. In 2016 she traveled to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, CA to assist with rehabilitating over 100 sea lions, elephant seals, fur seals, and harbor seals as a result of the Unusual Mortality event.

Sarah joined surfrider in the summer of 2018. She wanted to get involved in the community on a local level and surfrider’s mission combined all of my passions: ensuring clean water, a healthy ocean and coastlines while working together to find lasting solutions to the threats our ocean faces.  Through surfrider, she has participated in many beach cleanups (many of which our Animal Rescue Program has collaborated on!), outreached at farmers markets, and participated in campaigns to make the ocean healthier and cleaner. She also loves working alongside a great crew of people to help protect our surfing playground! 

Sarah Callan