"What should I do if I find a stranded marine mammal?"
Marine Mammals are commonly seen on our beaches. Be aware of what is a stranding and what is normal behavior.
Seals & Sea Lions spend time hauled out on beaches, rocks or islands. It is normal to find them resting on the shore.
Seal pups are commonly left on the beach for hours while their mother forages for food. They are not stranded and should never be disturbed. Please do not go near them, but do call the Stranding Hotline (number below) so that we can monitor the pup.
Whales, dolphins, and porpoises should always be in the water. If you find a whale, dolphin, or porpoise is on shore it is stranded. Report it immediately by calling the Stranding Hotline, at the number below.
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is the local responder for the
East Jefferson County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (EJCMMSN).
Find out more about the activities of EJCMMSN.
Download recent newsletter and year-end stranding report. (pdf format)
Here is how you can help:
Keep people and dogs away.
Make note of the following information before calling the hotline: (1) is it dead or alive? (2) its exact location, (3) its color and distinguishing marks.
Call the stranding hotline and leave the above information, along with your name and phone number. Messages are checked at least twice daily. We will send a volunteer responder.
Marine mammals can be dangerous.
Never approach the animal, or try to touch it. Don't try moving it or putting it back in the water. And never attempt to feed it.