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1121 Rt. 109 (Utsch's Marina) Cape May, NJ 08204
MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 157, Cape May, NJ 08204
Call Today: (609) 898-0055

Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center - Our Team


Matthew Remuzzi - Captain

Hometown: Hazlet, NJ
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Geology, Stockton University
Experience: Master Captain of the American Star; Marine Naturalist & Educator on Twilight/American Star for 5 years; Principal member of team for development & supervision of CMWW&RC Intern Program; 7th field season participating in the collection of data for our Cape May Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue; Serves as a liaison to Whale Dolphin Conservation as well as Whale Sense; Member of team that developed Clean Ocean Initiative (Marine Debris Awareness Program); Participated in field work studying carbonate formations in the Florida Keys for two field seasons; Whale Sense Certified


Kathleen McDuell - Senior Marine Naturalist

Hometown: North Cape May, NJ
Education: Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Special Education, Rider College; Graduate Work at Rutgers University
Experience: Anchors the staff as our most veteran employee of 24 years with her vast experience and with her sheer number of hours spent on the water; Known for her signature whale sighting call “Thar she blows;” The McDuell family is one of the original Cape May families and Kathy brings that pioneering spirit and history to the Research Center; Raised in the boating and boatyard business she brings her own brand of “can do” personality to the American Star with a priority for safety; She is the crown jewel of our operation; Her keen ability for spotting spouts can’t be outdone; Whale Sense Certified


Melissa Laurino - Director of Internship Program

Hometown: Linden, NJ
Education:  Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology, Minor in Jazz Performance, Master in Data Science, Stockton University.
Experience: Fish trawling and identification/sorting with Rutgers Marine Science Field Station; Stream monitoring for pollutant tolerant and intolerant invertebrates; Diamondback Terrapin rescue, rehabilitation, and release (Stockton University & Wetland’s Institute Joint Project); Completed coursework in Ornithology; Interned with CMWW&RC doing field work for Cape May Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue and led direct teaching opportunities with students; Marine Naturalist & Educator on the American Star for 3 years; Director of our Intern Program; Emphasis on maintaining the accuracy of our Cape May Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalogue/I-Match;  Member of team that developed Clean Ocean Initiative (Marine Debris Awareness Program); SEAMAM Poster Presentation 2017-Spinal Deformities and other Field Observed Pathologies. Enlisted other local water recreations to adopt Clean Ocean Initiative; PADI Diver and Nitrox certified; Whale Sense Certified.


Jennifer Long - Operations Manager / Marine Naturalist

Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Education: Bachelor of Science in Geo-environmental Studies, Shippensburg University; Ed.D in Educational Leadership with a Focus in Higher Education, Masters of Science in Geo-environmental  Studies with a focus on earth/space science and environmental education, Shippensburg University
Experience: Awarded McLane Contribution Foundation Grant of $26,000 to utilized towards science education programs; Awarded William B. McIlwaine Science Teaching Award by PSTA; Graduate Research article on outdoor education published in PSTA; Earned professional development certificate for Project Wet, Project Wild, and Wild Aquatic; Presided for Jane Lubchenco, Head of NOAA at NSTA conference; Science Field Supervisor for science student teachers at Rowan University; Geology Instructor at Stockton University; Environmental Education Director at Upper Maine Line YMCA developing and managing STEM environmental education outreach programs, school group programs, preschool and youth classes, and summer nature camps for ages 2-18; Instrumental in developing and expanding programs relating to marine flora and fauna with the CMWW&RC, programs that allow students and community members the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge on animal classification, plankton studies, and the whale and dolphin identification using IMATCH; Developed and supervised school programs that consist of multiple hands-on stations that take place on the boat that relate to marine mammals, invertebrates, water characteristics, navigations tools and techniques, whale and dolphin cataloguing, and plankton sampling; Whale Sense Certified.

Advance Purchase Strongly Recommended... Trips Often Sell Out!
*Our guarantee applies if no Marine Mammals are sighted. In the event that no Marine Mammals are sighted, we offer another trip. Subject to space availability.
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