Seven Steps to Help a Stranded Marine Mammal:
Don't Touch and do not pick up, pour water on or feed the animal!
They are wild animals and can bite. They also are easily stressed by humans.
Do not return the animal to the water
Seals and sea lions temporarily "haul-out" on land to rest. Harbor seal mothers often leave their pups ashore while they're feeding at sea. A beached whale, dolphin, or porpoise should be reported immediately.
Observe the animal from a distance of at least 50 feet. Keep people and dogs away.
Note physical characteristics such as size, presence of external earflaps, and fur color. This helps us determine the species, what rescue equipment and volunteers are needed.
Note the animal's condition. Is it weak and underweight? Are there any open wounds?
Does the animal have any obvious identification tags or markings?
Determine the exact location of the animal in order to provide accurate directions. We cannot rescue an animal if we cannot find it!
Call The Marine Mammal Center with as much information as you have! Our Response Hotlines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In Mendocino through San Mateo Counties:
(415) 289-SEAL (7325)
In Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties:
In San Luis Obispo Counties:
In West Hawaii (for Hawaiian monk seal sightings):
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