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The Tug a Whale competition was tough as both sides battled to pull what amounted to the weight of a killer whale across the line. Photo courtesy of Beth Cooke.

BMMRO Raises Funds to Support Student Summer Programs

The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) gathered a large crowd at Cracker P’s to raise funds to support their educational programmes for Bahamian students. Each summer BMMRO hosts Whale Camp and Internship programmes targeting young Bahamians who have demonstrated a keen interest in marine science.

Their time with BMMRO provides them with a first-hand experience, learning how scientific field studies are carried out while seeing some of the Bahamas’ most charismatic megafauna. The goal is to instill a passion for science while developing skills that will help launch their careers as the country’s future scientists and conservationists. But like all marine-related work, it is challenging to cover the costs to keep running these programmes each year so fundraising events are critical to BMMRO’s educational work.

BMMRO’s Marine Mammal Lubbers Day was held on April 2, 2017nd at Cracker P’s. The weather was absolutely perfect which, when combined with a well-organizsed event, and the generous support from local businesses, talented artists, rocking musicians and enthusiastic volunteers, made the day a huge success. Activities included a silent auction, treasure hunt, kids’ games, tug-a-whale, and paddleboard relay all taking place while being entertained by live music performed by the New Entry Band.

Dr. Charlotte Dunn, BMMRO’s president, says “The day could not have gone any better. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed and so encouraged by the success of the day that we plan to make this an annual event!”

BMMRO wishes to send a special thank you to Patrick and Linda Stewart and their wonderful staff at Cracker P’s for hosting the day as well as the New Entry Band and all the volunteers who kindly helped before, during and after to help make this event a success.

BMMRO also thanks the following businesses for their generous contributions: The Abaconian, Abaco Adventures, The Abaco Inn, Abaco Neem, Albury’s Ferry, Bellevue Business Depot, Bristol Wines & Spirits, Cracker P’s, Cruise Abaco, The Delphi Club, Friends of the Environment, G & L Transportation, Harbour’s Edge Restaurant & Bar, Hope Town Canvas, Hope Town Coffee Shop, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Island World Adventures, Jimmy’s Wines and Spirits, Lighthouse Marina, Maxwell’s Supermarket, Monkey’s Uncle, Nancy’s Sea Side Restaurant, The Outboard Shop, The Pizza Shack, Sandpiper Inn, Sea Horse Boat Rentals, Sip-Sip Wine Bar, The Snap Shop, and Snappa’s Chill & Grill.

And last but certainly not least, BMMRO wishes to thank the following artists for kindly contributing their amazing artwork for the silent auction: Mary Balzac, Brigitte Bowyer, Cay to Cay Art Group, Beth Cooke, Lawrence Curtis, Suzanne Dundon, Attila Feszt, Shane Gross, Patti Hanafourde, Melissa Maura, and Jan Metcalf.

The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) is a non-profit group based in Sandy Point, Abaco whose mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammals through scientific research and educational outreach. To learn more about BMMRO’s work and its student programmes, see the following links: www.bahamaswhales.org, and www.facebook.com/bmmro.

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