Stranded Marine Animals

What should I do?

If you find a stranded marine animal, it is essential to notify the right organisation as soon as possible. For the sake of the animal's health and wellbeing, it is best to intervene as little as possible yourself. Marine animal rescue professionals have specialist equipment to make any potentially dangerous rescue attempt as safe and stress free as possible for both the animal and the rescue team.

Who should I contact?

If you find a live stranded, injured or entangled marine mammal, such as a dolphin or whale, contact the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 01825 765 546 (24 hours).

The RSPCA should be informed of the injury, stranding, oiling or entangling of all other marine wildlife. These incidents should be reported to the RSPCA on 08705 555 999.

Failure to do so can prolong the animal’s suffering and cause irreversible damage to the animal’s health that could leave it in a critical condition or, even worse, cause it to die.


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