Whale Disentanglement

Our November Docent meeting will be presented by Peggy Stap, Founding Director of Marine Life Studies and the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®

Entanglement in fishing gear and marine debris is becoming one of the greatest threats posed to whales worldwide. The number of entangled whales reported in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and statewide has increased with growing populations of humpback and gray whales, changing ocean conditions and prey location. Learn how this highly trained team uses specialized equipment to rescue whales from a slow, painful death due to life-threatening entanglements as Stap chronicles some whale rescues.

You might say Peggy Stap is WET (Whales Disentanglement Team).  WET® was founded by Peggy Stap along with Mary Whitney, Founding Director of Fluke Foundation and is dedicated to research, education and whale rescue.  In 2006, Peggy founded Marine Life Studies dedicated to research, education and whale rescue. Stap is the Principal Investigator, under a National Marine Fisheries Service research permit, to study marine wildlife in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. She is also Co-investigator on a NOAA permit to disentangle whales under the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. Additionally, Stap is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Phone number to call for reporting a whale in distress:  (877) SOS-WHALE

Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.