The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (RFMRP) has rescued more than 3,900 animals since it’s inception in 1996. Under research efforts, rehabilitated animal release and tracking is one of our primary goals. Tracking information through satellite tags, radio tags, and flipper tags provided valuable information on the various species as they re-enter the wild. The data obtained assists in furthering our mission of preserving and protecting the marine environment through conservation efforts including education, rehabilitation, and research.
Since 1996, we have rehabilitated and released 119 sea turtles, 762 seals, and 7 cetaceans. To see recently released marine animals, click on the graphs below.
When and Where Rehabilitated Animals Are Released
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation often releases rehabilitated seals and sea turtles near Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays, New York. This is an ideal location as it is close to the facility and requires short transportation for the animals. Shinnecock Bay has been known to have a population of seals as well. Whether under Ponquogue Bridge or at the ocean beach, this area is easily accessible to the public, who is always invited to join us on these special occasions. To learn when an animal is being released, sign up for our mailing list here. We work with the local organizations to determine the best release dates and times, and give as much notice as possible. Please remember all releases are pending National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approval.
Special releases may take place in other areas for schools or businesses that host special fundraisers or beach clean ups. To learn how your organization can get involved, call us at 631.369.9840.