International Marine Mammal Rescue
Director of Field Operations and Research
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Jeff Foster has 45 years of experience in the marine mammal field. He began working for SeaWorld® as well as the Seattle Marine Aquarium when he was 15 years old. Jeff has a thorough understanding of all facets of marine mammal field. He has first-hand experience in capture, animal husbandry, training, rehabilitation, research and reintroduction.
Jeff was instrumental in the development of the Low Impact Minimally Percutaneous Electronic Transmitter (LIMPET tags) in the study of marine mammals in the wild as well as in the development of behavior enrichment devices for captive marine mammals. Jeff oversaw the humane captures of oiled sea otters during the Exxon Valdese oil spill. Jeff was named the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (“NOAA”) Environmental Hero of the Year 2006, for his dolphin rescue work during hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Southeast Asia.
Jeff developed the first effective formula for a neonate cetacean. Jeff was Director of Field Operations and Research for the Keiko Release Effort and oversaw the day-to-day management. He also oversaw the capture, rehab and successful reintroduction of Springer, the orphan killer whale.
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