Contact-Us

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.

Alaska

Reporting Key //
Marine Mammals
Sea Turtles
Regional
Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding and Entanglement Hotline
Phone: (877) 9-AKR-PRD (877-925-7773)
Alaska Partners
Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists
Anchorage, AK
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Dillingham, AK
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Juneau, AK
Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward, AK
Alaska State Parks
Juneau, AK
Alaska State Parks
Kodiak, AK
Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services
Eagle River, AK
Alaska Whale Foundation
Petersburg, AK
Aleut Community of St. Paul
St. Paul, AK
Rachel Berngartt, DVM
Juneau, AK
Chichagof Conservation Council
Tenakee, AK
Glacier Bay National Park
Gustavus, AK
North Slope Borough
Barrow, AK
Petersburg Marine Mammal Center
Petersburg, AK
Sitka Sound Science Center
Sitka, AK
Togiak National Wildlife Refuge
Togiak, AK
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Museum of the North
Fairbanks, AK
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Marine Advisory Program, SE Alaska
Ketchikan, AK
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Marine Advisory Program, NW Alaska
Nome, AK
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau
Juneau, AK
University of Alaska, Sitka
Sitka, AK
U.S. Forest Service
Yakutat, AK

Contact Info By State //

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Reporting Key //
Marine Mammals
Sea Turtles
Regional
Northeast Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding and Entanglement Hotline
Phone: (866) 755-NOAA (866-755-6622)
Northeast Sea Turtle Stranding and Disentanglement Network
Phone Numbers vary by state.
Connecticut / Rhode Island
Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, CT
Phone: (860) 572-5955 x 107
Delaware
MERR Institute, Inc.
Nassau, DE
Phone: (302) 228-5029
Maine
Maine Marine Animal Reporting Hotline
Phone: (800) 532-9551
Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic
Ban Harbor, ME
Marine Mammals of Maine
Bath, ME
Maryland
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Cooperative Oxford Laboratory
(dead animals only)
Oxford, MD
Phone: (800) 628-9944
National Aquarium in Baltimore, Marine Animal Rescue Program
(live animals only)
Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 576-3880
Massachusetts
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, Protected Resources Division
Gloucester, MA
Phone: (978) 281-9300
MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Phone: (508) 349-2615
New England Aquarium
Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 973-5247
International Fun for Animal Welfare
Yarmouth Port, MA
Phone: (508) 743-9548
National Marine Life Center
(pinniped rehab only)
Buzzards Bay, MA
Phone: (508) 743-9888
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
(entangled animals in the marine environment only)
Provincetown, MA
Phone: (800) 900-3622
New Hampshire
Seacoast Science Center
Rye, NH
Phone: (603) 997-9448
New England Aquarium
Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 973-5247
New Jersey
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
Brigantine, NJ
Phone: (609) 266-0538
New York
New York Stranding Hotline
Phone: (631) 369-9829
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society
Hampton Bays, NY
Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation
Riverhead, NY
Virginia
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Phone: (757) 385-7575
Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 633-1260

Pacific Islands

Including American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands

Reporting Key //
Marine Mammals
Sea Turtles
Regional
Pacific Islands Region Marine Mammal Stranding and Entanglement Hotline
Phone: (888) 256-9840
Hawaii
Hawaii Sea Turtle Stranding Telephone and Pager Numbers
Phone: (808) 725-5730
(7:00 AM - 4:00 PM; click link above for after hours contacts)

Kauai: (808) 274-3344
Oahu: (808) 725-5730 or (808) 286-4377 (after hours)
Maui: (808) 286-2549 (primary) or (808) 286-2899
Hawaii Island:
Hilo: (808) 286-4359
North Kona: (808) 881-4200
South Kona: (808) 327-6226

For illegal or suspicious activity that may result in turtle death or injury:
NOAA Office of Law Enforcement: (800) 853-1964
DOCARE: (808) 643-DLNR (808-643-3567)
NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office
Honolulu, HI
Phone: (808) 725-5000
NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Honolulu, HI
Phone: (808) 725-5360
Hawaii Marine Animal Response
Oahu, HI
Phone: (808) 220-7802
Maui Marine Mammal Response Program
Kihei, HI
Phone: (808) 292-2372
University of Hawaii Marine Mammal Stranding Team
Honolulu, HI
Phone: (808) 384-4485
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Kihei, HI
Phone: (808) 879-2818
Guam
Guam Department of Agriculture
Hagatana, GU
Phone: (808) 725-5000
Northern Mariana Islands
Northern Mariana College
Saipan, MP
Phone: (808) 725-5000
American Samoa
American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources
Pago Pago, AS
Phone: (808) 725-5000
Other Information
For Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands, you may also contact the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office at (808) 725-5000.

Southeast

Including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Reporting Key //
Marine Mammals
Sea Turtles
Regional
NOAA Fisheries Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline
Phone: (877) 433-8299
Southeast Sea Turtle Stranding and Disentanglement Network
Phone Numbers vary by state.
Alabama
Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline
Phone: (877) WHALE-HELP (877-942-5343)
Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network Hotline
Phone: (866) SEA-TURTLE (866-732-8878)
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, AL
Florida
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Wildlife Alert Hotline
Phone: (888) 404-FWCC (888-404-3922)
Florida Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network
Phone: (888) 404-FWCC (888-404-3922)
Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserve Office
Eastpoint, FL
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater, FL
Dolphin Conservation Field Station at Marineland
St. Augustine, FL
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Inc.
Destin, FL
Florida Aquarium
Tampa, FL
Florida Marine Mammal Stranding Network—Southwest Region
Port Charlotte, FL
FWC FWRI Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory
St. Petersburg, FL
FWC Northeast Field Laboratory
Jacksonville, FL
FWC Tallahassee
Tallahassee, FL
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf World Marine Park
Panama City, FL
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute—Florida Atlantic University
Fort Pierce, FL
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
Orlando, FL
Marine Animal Rescue Society
Miami, FL
Dolphins Plus Oceanside Marine Mammal Responders
Key Largo, FL
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota, FL
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami Laboratory
Miami, FL
Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves Office, Florida DEP
Milton, FL
SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, FL
Volusia County
DeLand, FL
University of Florida/Cedar Key Northwest Florida Marine Mammal Stranding Program
Gainesville, FL
Georgia
Georgia Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline
Phone: (912) 269-7587
Georgia Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network
Phone: (912) 280-6892
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Brunswick, GA
Louisiana
Louisiana Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline
Phone: (504) 235-3005
Louisiana Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network
Phone: (225) 765-2377
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Lake Charles, LA
Mississippi
Mississippi Marine Mammal and Sea Turtles Stranding Hotline
Phone: (888) 767-3657 or (228) 369-4796
Mississippi Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network
Phone: (228) 369-4796
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Gulfport, MS
Phone: (888) SOS-Dolphin (888-767-3657)
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Ocean Springs, MS
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Pascagoula Laboratory
Pascagoula, MS
North Carolina
North Carolina Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network Hotline
Phone: (252) 241-7367
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Morehead City, NC
Phone: (252) 241-5119
University of North Carolina–Wilmington Marine Mammal Stranding Program
Wilmington, NC
Phone: (910) 254-5713
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Manteo, NC
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NC
North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
Morehead City, NC
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Corolla, NC
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline
Phone: (787) 538-4684 or (787) 645-5595
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
Santurce, PR
South Carolina
South Carolina Stranding Hotline
Phone: (800) 922-5431
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC
NOS Charleston Laboratory
Charleston, SC
Texas
Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline
Galveston, TX
Phone: (800) 9MAMMAL (800-962-6625)
Texas Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network
Phone: (361) 949-8173 x 226
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Austwell, TX
Texas State Aquarium
Corpus Christi, TX
Sea World San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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

West Coast

Reporting Key //
Marine Mammals
Sea Turtles
Regional
West Coast Region Stranding Hotline
Phone: (866) 767-6114
California - Live Animal Response
Northcoast Marine Mammal Center
Counties served: Del Norte and Humboldt
Phone: (707) 951-4722
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
Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute
Counties served: Santa Barbara and Ventura
Phone: (805) 567-1505
California Wildlife Center
Counties served: Los Angeles – City of Malibu only
Phone: (310) 458-9453
Marine Animal Rescue
Counties Served: Los Angeles – except for Malibu
Phone: (800) 399-4253
Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles
Rehabilitation in Los Angeles County
Phone: (310) 548-5677
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Counties Served: Orange
Phone: (949) 494-3050
Sea World of California
Counties Served: San Diego
Phone: (800) 541-7325
California - Dead Animal Response
Humboldt State University
Counties Served: Del Norte, Northern Mendocino, and Humboldt
Phone: (707) 826-3650
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
Long Marine Laboratory
Counties Served: Santa Cruz
Phone: (831) 212-1272
Moss Landing Marine Laboratory
Counties Served: Monterey
Phone: (831) 771-4422
Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit
Counties Served: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura
Phone: (805) 896-0858
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Counties Served: Los Angeles and Orange
Phone: (323) 585-5105
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Counties Served: San Diego
Phone: (858) 546-7162
Oregon
Portland State University/Seaside Aquarium
Areas served: all counties north of the City of Tillamook
Phone: (503) 738-6211
Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute
Areas served: all counties south of the City of Tillamook
Phone: (541) 270-6830
Puget Sound, Washington
Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (360) 966-8845
San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (800) 562-8832
Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (866) ORCANET
Sno-King Marine Mammal Response
Phone: (206) 695-2277
Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (206) 905-7325
MaST Center Stranding Team
Phone: (206) 724-2687
Vashon Hydrophone Project
Phone: (206) 463-9041
Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: (253) 589-7235
Cascadia Research Collective
Phone: (360) 791-9555
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Phone: (360) 385-5582 x 103
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Phone: (360) 457-8451
Feiro Marine Life Center
Phone: (360) 417-6254
Washington
Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (360) 966-8845
San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (800) 562-8832
Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (866) ORCANET
Sno-King Marine Mammal Response
Phone: (206) 695-2277
Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Phone: (206) 905-7325
MaST Center Stranding Team
Phone: (206) 724-2687
Vashon Hydrophone Project
Phone: (206) 463-9041
Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: (253) 589-7235
Cascadia Research Collective
Phone: (360) 791-9555
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Phone: (360) 385-5582 x 103
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Phone: (360) 457-8451
Feiro Marine Life Center
Phone: (360) 417-6254
Makah Tribe
Phone: (360) 640-0569
Olympic National Park
Phone: (360) 565-3115
NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Phone: (360) 457-6622
Portland State University/Seaside Aquarium
Phone: (503) 738-6211