Report a Stranded or Injured Marine Animal

Reporting a sick, injured, entangled, stranded, or dead animal is the best way to make sure professional responders and scientists know about it and can take appropriate action. Numerous organizations around the country are trained and ready to respond. If you see a sick, injured, stranded, or dead marine mammal or sea turtle, immediately contact your local stranding network (phone numbers provided below).

You can also use our Dolphin and Whale 911 app to report a stranded marine mammal. The app is available for Android devices as well as Apple devices.

Contact Information

Alaska

Reporting Key
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Statewide Contacts

NOAA Fisheries Statewide 24-hour Stranding Hotline

Phone: (877) 925-7773 or (877) 9-AKR-PRD
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NOAA's Office of Protected Resources - Anchorage

Business hours only: Mon - Fri, 8am-5pm
Phone: (907) 271-5006
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NOAA's Office of Protected Resources - Juneau

Business hours only: Mon - Fri, 8am-5pm
Phone: (907) 586-7235
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Alaska SeaLife Center 24-hour Stranding Hotline

Seward, AK
*Includes injured/stranded walruses, sea otters, and polar bears
Phone: (888) 774-7325
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Marine Mammals Management Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Anchorage, AK
*For injured/stranded walruses, sea otters, and polar bears
Phone: (800) 362-5148 (business hours only)
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Reporting Death/Injury of a Marine Mammal During Commercial Fishing Operations

Phone: (907) 586-7240 (business hours only)

Alaska Partners

Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists

Anchorage, AK
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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Dillingham, AK
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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Juneau, AK
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Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, AK
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Alaska State Parks

Juneau, AK
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Alaska State Parks

Kodiak, AK
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Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services

Eagle River, AK
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Alaska Whale Foundation

Petersburg, AK
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Aleut Community of St. Paul

St. Paul, AK
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Rachel Berngartt, DVM

Juneau, AK
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Chichagof Conservation Council

Tenakee, AK
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Glacier Bay National Park

Gustavus, AK
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North Slope Borough

Barrow, AK
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Petersburg Marine Mammal Center

Petersburg, AK
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Sitka Sound Science Center

Sitka, AK
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Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

Togiak, AK
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University of Alaska Fairbanks, Museum of the North

Fairbanks, AK
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University of Alaska Fairbanks, Marine Advisory Program, SE Alaska

Ketchikan, AK
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University of Alaska Fairbanks, Marine Advisory Program, NW Alaska

Nome, AK
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University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau

Juneau, AK
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University of Alaska, Sitka

Sitka, AK
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U.S. Forest Service

Yakutat, AK
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Last updated on July 25, 2018

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Reporting Key
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Regional

Northeast Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding and Entanglement Hotline

Phone: (866) 755-NOAA (866-755-6622)
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Northeast Sea Turtle Stranding and Disentanglement Network

Phone numbers vary by state.
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Connecticut/Rhode Island

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT
Phone: (860) 572-5955 x 107
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Delaware

MERR Institute, Inc.

Nassau, DE
Phone: (302) 228-5029
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Maine

Maine Marine Animal Reporting Hotline

Phone: (800) 532-9551
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Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME
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Marine Mammals of Maine

Bath, ME
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Maryland

Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Cooperative Oxford Laboratory

Oxford, MD
(dead animals only)
Phone: (800) 628-9944
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National Aquarium in Baltimore, Marine Animal Rescue Program

Baltimore, MD
(live animals only)
Phone: (410) 576-3880
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Massachusetts

Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Phone: (508) 349-2615
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New England Aquarium

Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 973-5247
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International Fund for Animal Welfare

Yarmouth Port, MA
Phone: (508) 743-9548
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National Marine Life Center

Buzzards Bay, MA
(pinniped rehab only)
Phone: (508) 743-9888
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Center for Coastal Studies

Provincetown, MA
(entangled animals in the marine environment only)
Phone: (800) 900-3622
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Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket

Nantucket, MA
Phone: (833) 667-6626
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New Hampshire

Seacoast Science Center

Rye, NH
Phone: (603) 997-9448
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New England Aquarium

Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 973-5247
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New Jersey

Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Brigantine, NJ
Phone: (609) 266-0538
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New York

New York Stranding Hotline

Phone: (631) 369-9829
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Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

Hampton Bays, NY
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Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

Riverhead, NY
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Virginia

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach, VA
Phone: (757) 385-7575
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Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC
(rehab only)
Phone: (202) 633-1260
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Last updated on March 19, 2019

Pacific Islands

Reporting Key
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Sea Turtle Icon Sea Turtles

Hawai'i

Hawaiʻi Statewide Marine Animal Stranding, Entanglement, and Reporting Hotline

Includes stranded/injured sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, and whales
Phone: (888) 256-9840
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Hawai'i DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) Hotline

DLNRTip app for iPhone or Android mobile devices: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/docare/
Phone: (808) 643-DLNR (808-643-3567)
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NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Hotline

Email written reports, video, and photos to NOAA Fisheries: RespectWildlife@noaa.gov
*Immediately call/report possible illegal or suspicious activity
Phone: (800) 853-1964
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For Non-Emergencies - Monk Seal Photos and Written Reports

Email: pifsc.monksealsighting@noaa.gov
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Guam

NOAA Office of Law Enforcement

Agana, GU
Phone: (671) 472-7200
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Conservation Office Hotline

Phone: (671) 688-DAWR (671-688-3297)
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Department of Agriculture and Wildlife Resources Administrative Office

Mangilao, GU
*Please contact during regular business hours
Phone: (671) 735-0281 or (671) 735-0294
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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife Hotline

Saipan, MP
Phone: (670) CTRTLES (670-287-8537)
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NOAA CNMI Field Office

Phone: (670) 285-2287
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American Samoa

American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources

Pago Pago, AS
Phone: (684) 633-4456 or (684) 252-0445
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For Non-Emergencies - General

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office

Email: RespectWildlife@noaa.gov or pirohonolulu@noaa.gov
Phone: (808) 725-5000
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Last updated on May 30, 2018

Southeast

Reporting Key
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Sea Turtle Icon Sea Turtles

Regional

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline

Phone: (877) WHALE-HELP (877-942-5343)
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Southeast Sea Turtle Stranding and Disentanglement Network

Phone Numbers vary by state.
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Alabama

Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline

Phone: (877) WHALE-HELP (877-942-5343)
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Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network Hotline

Phone: (866) SEA-TURTLE (866-732-8878)
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island, AL
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Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Wildlife Alert Hotline
Phone: (888) 404-FWCC (888-404-3922)
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Florida Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Phone: (888) 404-FWCC (888-404-3922)
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Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserve Office

Eastpoint, FL
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater, FL
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Dolphin Conservation Field Station at Marineland

St. Augustine, FL
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Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Inc.

Destin, FL
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Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL
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Florida Marine Mammal Stranding Network—Southwest Region

Port Charlotte, FL
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FWC FWRI Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory

St. Petersburg, FL
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FWC Northeast Field Laboratory

Jacksonville, FL
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FWC Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL
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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Breeze, FL
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Gulf World Marine Park

Panama City, FL
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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute—Florida Atlantic University

Fort Pierce, FL
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Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Orlando, FL
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Marine Animal Rescue Society

Miami, FL
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Dolphins Plus Oceanside Marine Mammal Responders

Key Largo, FL
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Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, FL
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NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami Laboratory

Miami, FL
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Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves Office, Florida DEP

Milton, FL
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SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando, FL
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Volusia County

DeLand, FL
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University of Florida/Cedar Key Northwest Florida Marine Mammal Stranding Program

Gainesville, FL
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Georgia

Georgia Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline

Phone: (912) 269-7587
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Georgia Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Phone: (912) 280-6892
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Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Brunswick, GA
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Louisiana

Louisiana Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline

Phone: (504) 235-3005
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Louisiana Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Phone: (225) 765-2377
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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

New Orleans, LA
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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Lake Charles, LA
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Mississippi

Mississippi Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline

Phone: (888) 767-3657 or (228) 369-4796
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Mississippi Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Phone: (228) 369-4796
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Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Gulfport, MS
Phone: (888) SOS-Dolphin (888-767-3657)
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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Ocean Springs, MS
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NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Pascagoula Laboratory

Pascagoula, MS
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North Carolina

North Carolina Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network Hotline

Phone: (252) 241-7367
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North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

Morehead City, NC
Phone: (252) 241-5119
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University of North Carolina–Wilmington Marine Mammal Stranding Program

Wilmington, NC
Phone: (910) 254-5713
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Manteo, NC
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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher, NC
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North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine

Morehead City, NC
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Corolla, NC
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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline

Phone: (787) 538-4684 or (787) 645-5595
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Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Santurce, PR
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South Carolina

South Carolina Stranding Hotline

Phone: (800) 922-5431
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Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC
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National Ocean Servie Charleston Laboratory

Charleston, SC
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Texas

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline

Galveston, TX
Phone: (800) 9MAMMAL (800-962-6625)
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Texas Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Phone: (361) 949-8173 x 226
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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Austwell, TX
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Texas State Aquarium

Corpus Christi, TX
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SeaWorld San Antonio

San Antonio, TX
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U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline - Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife

Frederiksted, VI
Phone: (340) 713-2422
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Last updated on March 05, 2019

West Coast

Reporting Key
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Regional

West Coast Region Stranding Hotline

Phone: (866) 767-6114
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California - Live Animal Response

Northcoast Marine Mammal Center

Counties served: Del Norte and Humboldt
Phone: (707) 951-4722
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The Marine Mammal Center

Counties served: Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo
Phone: (415) 289-7325
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Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute

Counties served: Santa Barbara and Ventura
Phone: (805) 567-1505
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California Wildlife Center

Counties served: Los Angeles – City of Malibu only
Phone: (310) 458-9453
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Marine Animal Rescue

Counties served: Los Angeles – except for Malibu
Phone: (800) 399-4253
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Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles

Rehabilitation in Los Angeles County
Phone: (310) 548-5677
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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Counties served: Orange
Phone: (949) 494-3050
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SeaWorld of California

Counties served: San Diego
Phone: (800) 541-7325
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California - Dead Animal Response

Humboldt State University

Counties served: Del Norte, Northern Mendocino, and Humboldt
Phone: (707) 826-3650
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California Academy of Sciences

Counties served: Southern Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa, Sutter, San Joaquin, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo
Phone: (415) 379-5381
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Long Marine Laboratory

Counties served: Santa Cruz
Phone: (831) 212-1272
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Moss Landing Marine Laboratory

Counties served: Monterey
Phone: (831) 771-4422
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Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit

Counties served: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura
Phone: (805) 896-0858
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Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

Counties served: Los Angeles and Orange
Phone: (323) 585-5105
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NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Counties served: San Diego
Phone: (858) 546-7162
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Oregon

Portland State University/Seaside Aquarium

Areas served: all counties north of the City of Tillamook
Phone: (503) 738-6211
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Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute

Areas served: all counties south of the City of Tillamook
Phone: (541) 270-6830
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Puget Sound, Washington

Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (360) 966-8845
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San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (800) 562-8832
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Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (866) ORCANET
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Sno-King Marine Mammal Response

Phone: (206) 695-2277
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Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (206) 905-7325
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MaST Center Stranding Team

Phone: (206) 724-2687
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Vashon Hydrophone Project

Phone: (206) 463-9041
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Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Phone: (253) 589-7235
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Cascadia Research Collective

Phone: (360) 791-9555
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Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Phone: (360) 385-5582 x 103
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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Phone: (360) 457-8451
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Feiro Marine Life Center

Phone: (360) 417-6254
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Washington

Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (360) 966-8845
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San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (800) 562-8832
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Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (866) ORCANET
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Sno-King Marine Mammal Response

Phone: (206) 695-2277
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Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Phone: (206) 905-7325
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MaST Center Stranding Team

Phone: (206) 724-2687
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Vashon Hydrophone Project

Phone: (206) 463-9041
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Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Phone: (253) 589-7235
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Cascadia Research Collective

Phone: (360) 791-9555
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Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Phone: (360) 385-5582 x 103
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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Phone: (360) 457-8451
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Feiro Marine Life Center

Phone: (360) 417-6254
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Makah Tribe

Phone: (360) 640-0569
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Olympic National Park

Phone: (360) 565-3115
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NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Phone: (360) 457-6622
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Portland State University/Seaside Aquarium

Phone: (503) 738-6211
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Last updated on May 21, 2018