Bay Islands College of Diving
Utila Animal Clinic
Dr. Loretta Potts and Rodger Mehrer
As the human population on Utila increases, so does the pet population. Loretta and Roger arrived here as guests of the Utila Lodge. On their first excursion around the island, they became aware of the overpopulation of dogs running loose in the streets. With her veterinary background, Loretta asked if there was anything she could do to assist with the problem...and the Utila Pet Project was born! A brand new vet clinic was opened to the public of Utila in October 2006. Roger and Loretta have generously given their time and resources to helping WSORC become a world class research center in the Caribbean.
Debra & Dan Denney from Dallas
Deb and Dan from Dallas
Deb and Dan also came to Utila as guests of the Utila Lodge. They were present when WSORC attached 2 visual tags on whale sharks in May 2006, and were the first sponsors in our "Adopt a whale shark" program. On that day, the whale shark officially known as U608 was renamed "Lizzie Beth", after their granddaughter. Their generosity has been exceeded only by their desire to help protect whale sharks in the Caribbean.
TEAM WHALE SHARK
Many thanks to WSORC's first Whale Shark research week participants: Biologists Dennis Giardina, Mike Owens, Tim Andrus, Scott Gannion, Takako Hashimoto, Melinda Schuman and Ian Bartoszek for their whale shark research assistance and generous donation of laboratory materials! Go Team Whale Shark!
Brenda and Gary Adkison are directors of an organization called the Shark Foundation. They were introduced to Kelly at the DEMA trade show in Orlando in November 2006. This led to a number of discussions with the Foundation's biologist, Juerg Brunnschweiler, about future collaboration with WSORC. Thanks to these generous individuals for the donation of genetic sampling equipment! WSORC looks forward to working alongside the Shark Foundation in 2007 and beyond.
Johnny Richardson and Shannon Girardi
Biologists Johnny Richardson and Shannon Girardi visited Utila from Tallahassee, Florida. During their visit, they graciously donated a number of invertebrate taxonomic identification keys and assorted laboratory materials to WSORC.
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