Protecting Marine Mammals Along the West Coast


Marine mammals are any mammal that make the sea its home for part or all of its life. This includes cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus), sea otters, sirenians (manatees and dugongs), and the polar bear. Marine mammals are found worldwide, but in the Pacific Northwest we have over 30 species off the Oregon and Washington coasts. It's our responsibility to protect these species throughout our region and within the United States. Many of these animals are affected by human impacts, fisheries, and environmental changes. Several innovative programs—recovery plans, ship strike strategies, derelict gear hotlines, stranding networks and rehabilitation efforts—are working to restore threatened and endangered marine animals.

To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call: 1-866-767-6114

For law enforcement, harassments,  and other violations, please call: 1-800-853-1964

For entangled marine mammals, please call: 1-877-SOS-WHALE or 1-877-767-9425 or hail the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16

To report derelict gear, please call:  1-855-542-3935

To view current predictions for Blue Whales off the U.S. West Coast, visit the WhaleWatch site.

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Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on October 11, 2017