Ripley, Mead Visit Site of Whale Kill

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and James Mead (director, Smithsonian Marine Mammal Salvage Program) visit the site of a whale kill in Florida and report back to President Jimmy Carter "on activities to save those animals still alive, and to conduct autopsies on dead whales as part of the continuing effort to determine the cause of these kills." The Smithsonian has principal responsibility for conducting research on stranded marine mammals based on an agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service.


  • Carter, Jimmy 1924-
  • Mead, James G
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Smithsonian Marine Mammal Salvage Program


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch, 3/1977, p. 1
  • View from the Castle, Smithsonian magazine, 5/7/1977

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 8, 1977


  • Marine Biology
  • Animals
  • Whales
  • Zoology
  • Mammals
  • Marine mammals
  • Marine biology



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