Sightings and strandings

Barrel jellyfish washed up. Photo: Jonathan HoltBarrel 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 info@explorisni.com 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)

Sightings

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: