To Report a Stranded Marine Mammal (dead or alive) call 1-877-WHALEHELP
Anywhere in the US
To a report a stranded marine mammal (dead or alive) call1-877-WHALEHELP (1-877-942-5343). To report marine mammal violations, such as people feeding, attempting to feed, or harassing marine mammals in the wild, please contact the national NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964. Information may be left anonymously. It is illegal to harass or interact with marine mammals whether they are dead or alive.
Please call FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922) - Cellular phone customers: *FWC or #FWC. Discover field stations in Florida that respond to injured or stranded marine mammal reports at www.myfwc.com
Call the Southeast Region Stranding Network 24-hour hotline: 1-877-942-5343 to be connected to Louisiana's marine mammal stranding network. You can also contact the Coastal Wildlife Network at 504-235-3005. The Coastal Wildlife Network’s (CWN) Stranding and Rescue program is committed to the humane treatment of sick/injured marine mammals and sea turtles. CWN is the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation facility in the state of Louisiana. http://auduboncwn.org
In South Carolina
To a stranded marine mammal (dead or alive) to SCDNR’s Wildlife stranding hotline at: 1.800.922.5431. You can also get involved with Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) and help save marine mammals. countrymarinemammalnetwork.org
• Immediately report all dead marine mammals, even if they are decomposed. Call the Southeast U.S. Region Stranding Network 24-hour hotline: 1-877-942-5343 to be connected to NOAA”S marine mammal health and stranding response network. The stranding network will send out trained responders who will get to the scene quickly with appropriate equipment.
• Always keep human safety above animal safety. If conditions are dangerous, do not attempt to approach the animal.
• Stay on scene with the animal until rescuers arrive but use caution. Marine mammals can be dangerous and/or carry disease. Keep a safe distance from the head and tail. Also, minimize contact with the animal (use gloves if necessary) and avoid inhaling the animal’s expired air. If the animal is alive do keep its skin moist and cool by splashing water over its body. Use wet towels to help keep the skin moist and prevent sunburn.
• Keep crowds away and noise levels down to avoid causing further stress to the animal.
• Keep dogs/pets away from the live or dead marine mammal.
• Observe wild dolphins from a recommended distance of 50 yards.
• Don’t push any stranded animal back out to sea. Stranded marine mammals may be sick or injured. Returning animals to sea delays examination and treatment and often results in the animal re-stranding in worse condition. If the animal returns to the water on its own, don’t attempt to interact with it (swim with, ride, etc.).
• If the animal is alive don’t cover or obstruct the blowhole. Try to keep sand and water away from the blowhole, and shade
• Don’t feed, or attempt to feed, or otherwise harass wild marine mammals. It is illegal and harmful and is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
• Don’t collect any parts (tissues, teeth, bones, or gear, etc.) from dead animals. It is illegal and a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Here’s how you can save injured marine mammals with the help of Coastal Wildlife Network (CWN).
Discover field stations in Florida that respond to injured or straded marine mammal reports.
Get involved with Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) and help save marine mammals.
Dolphin & Whale 911 App
The Dolphin & Whale 911 app enables you to immediately report live or dead stranded, injured, or entangled whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, and seals along the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas and St. Croix), and Pacific Island territories.