Last month Stony Brook University’s 80′ research vessel, Seawolf, steered Roxanne back home. Roxanne, a rescued Risso’s dolphin that was found trapped on a sand bar in the Great South Bay, was nurtured back to health by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. After nearly 3 months of rehabilitation, Roxanne was finally brought back into her natural habitat.
In 2009, Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS,) and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation announced a public-private partnership to promote collaboration between the institutions. The partnership allowed the research expertise of SoMAS faculty to be available in support of Riverhead Foundation efforts, and provided Stony Brook University students with opportunities for hands-on learning.
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is a not for profit organization that operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The primary mission of the Riverhead Foundation is to preserve and protect our marine environment through education, rehabilitation, and research.