Subject: Marine Research Profession

Nancy Sadusky (
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 23:39:57 +0000

Dear Melissa,

Thanks so much for your e-mail message.  I work doing education and 
communications work for Save the Manatee Club, so if you are 
interested in pursuing a career in marine mammal science as a 
scientist, you might want to visit the web site:  They have very 
good information there titled "Strategies For Pursuing A Career In 
Marine Mammal Science," prepared by The Society For Marine Mammalogy.

Nancy Sadusky

Date:          Sat, 30 May 1998 14:47:26 -0400
From:          Bona Sparacino <>
Organization:  @Home Network
To:  ,
Subject:       KILLER WHALES

I have always loved learning and watching marine life.  It has been a
dream of mine to research them and study them a profession.  How hard
is to become a scientist?  How long have you done your job?  Of all
the marine mammals I have learned about Killer Whales have interested
me the most.  In 7th grade I did a research project on them and was it
changed my opinion on the creature.  If you have any recent
information on killer whales or whales in general please sent it to

         Nancy Sadusky 
     Communications Director
      Save the Manatee Club
       500 N. Maitland Ave.
       Maitland, FL  32751
      1-800-432-JOIN (5646)
t hits.  Manatees are 
often injured and even killed by the crushing impact of the hull 
and/or slashing of the propellers.  In the case of large power 
vessels and barges, manatees may be caught between the vessel and the 
water bottom, or the vessel and docking structure, and crushed. Most 
manatees in the wild bear scars from at least one watercraft 
collision.  In fact, manatee scars are so commonplace, researchers 
use them as a method of individual indentification.      
     Another cause of human-related manatee mortality includes the 
accidental ingestion of discarded fishing line, hooks, plastic 
six-pack holders and other debris left floating in waterways.  
Entanglement in crab trap lines and monofilament line also cause 
manatee injury or death.  Manatees can be crushed in closing flood 
gates and canal locks that are used to protect against salt water 
intrusion and flooding, or drowned when the tremendous suction 
created by water rushing through opening gates pins animals under the 
     Harassment, too, is a problem for these gentle animals. 
Harassment can include pursuing or chasing manatees; poking, 
grabbing, or riding them.  These actions are potentially 
life-threatening because they can force manatees to leave preferred 
habitat such as warm water refuges, or can lead to the separation of 
a mother and calf.  Feeding manatees or giving them water from a hose 
can also be considered harassment because it disrupts their normal 
behavior and conditions them to take food or water from people. 
     Ultimately, however, loss of habitat is the most serious threat 
facing manatees.  The growth in Florida's human population with its 
added pollution, litter, and boat traffic, has degraded and 
eliminated manatee habitat.  Many fresh water and marine grassbeds -- 
food sources for manatees -- have been lost because of herbicide use, 
surface runoff, propeller dredging, and dredge and fill projects.  In 
fact, there are very few places left where manatees are free from 
danger, stress and harassment posed by human activity. 
     To ensure the survival of the manatee population, mortality 
levels must be reduced and their habitat protected.  Because 
human-related manatee deaths are preventable, this is the most 
logical way to reduce mortalities. 

Hope this helps!

Nancy Sadusky

         Nancy Sadusky 
     Communications Director
      Save the Manatee Club
       500 N. Maitland Ave.
       Maitland, FL  32751
      1-800-432-JOIN (5646)