Barrel jellyfish washed up. Photo: Jonathan Holt
Find out more information on how to report stranded marine animals or report interesting sightings when you are out and about.
How to report a stranding
If you find a stranded whale, dolphin, porpoise, shark or turtle, please contact the relevant authorities:
FOR LIVE STRANDINGS:
|England, Scotland & Wales (all species)||British Divers Marine Life Rescue||08125 765546 or 07787 433412 (out of hours)|
|England & Wales (all species)||RSPCA||0300 1234999|
|Scotland (all species)||SSPCA||0131 3390111|
|Northern Ireland (whales, dolphins or porpoises)||DAERA - Marine and Fisheries Division - Coastal Zone Portrush||028 70823600 (This diverts to a 24 hour mobile if no one is available in the office)|
|Northern Ireland (sick/injured seals)||Exploris Aquarium||028 427 28062 or alternatively 02842 721 196, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message on Facebook.|
|Isle of Man (all species)||MSPCA||01624 851672|
If you find a live stranded marine mammal inform the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (see above). They will then advise you about the best action to take.
In the case of a seal, it might also be useful to inform the RSPCA/SSPCA (see above) who will be trained on how to deal with these animals.
Please do not attempt to catch or touch the animal until you have consulted the professionals; it could cause more harm than good to you and the animal.
FOR DEAD STRANDINGS:
|England, Scotland & Wales (all species)||Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme||0800 652 0333|
|Scotland (all species)||Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme||07979 245893 (out of hours)|
|Isle of Man (all species)||Manx Wildlife Trust (Marine Officer)||07624 450879 or 01624 844432|
|Northern Ireland||DAERA - Marine and Fisheries Division - Coastal Zone Portrush||028 70823600 (This diverts to a 24 hour mobile if no one is available in the office)|
There are lots of organisations that collect information on sightings, so if you see anything interesting when you are out and about, why not help them create a picture of our marine life. Below are links of where to report different species: