There’s a new member of the ‘team’ at Dolphin Marine Magic and she has the official title of ambassador.
Scotti, A New Zealand Fur Seal was a casualty of the rough patch of weather on the Coffs Coast in July last year which many locals nicknamed, “seal storm”. It is estimated Scotti was about 18 months old when she was rescued, which makes her still a pup today at 2.5 years old.
Scotti plays an important role of her species and for many other marine animals just like her who come into care due to human impacts such as boat strikes and fishing entanglement. Scotti as the PR ambassador is helping to promote the Seal the Loop program on the Coffs Coast. It aims to educate people about the damage marine debris can cause and provides an easy bin system in key fishing locations for discarded fishing line and hooks.
“We’ve collected more than 30kms of fishing line and 400 hooks since the program began and we now have 24 bins from Red Rock to Nambucca Heads” said Tiga, DMM marine team member.
In her official role as park ambassador Scotti is a valuable part of the marine team. She is a constant reminder of the need to be vigilant and mindful in how we dispose of rubbish especially plastics and fishing line which can easily get into our ocean via waterways and injured or kill marine life.
Angela Van Den Bosch, Marketing Manager, Dolphin Marine Magic