Many marine mammals, particularly dolphins, have gotten beached on the East Coast, prompting human intervention. The challenge then becomes getting the animal to a rescue center safely.
A Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam from Sturgis West Charter Public School in Hyannis, Mass., tackled the problem by inventing an improved transporter cart and sling that the students say can carry up to 600 pounds.
Made from lightweight aluminum tubing, beach wheels, a hand-crank and a custom mammal sling, the transporter can be set up in under a minute. It's also expected to cost less and be lighter than other rescue carts. The students presented their invention over the summer at the Lemelson-MIT program's EurekaFest event.
"Not only is it a safer and easier way to transport the animals, it also provides more information about the animal like how much it weighs so that better care can be given to the sick or injured animal," Belcher said.