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What To Do If You Find a Stranded Marine Mammal

You can make a difference for a marine mammal in distress by following these simple steps:

  1. DON'T TOUCH — Do not touch, pick up or feed the animal. Do not return the animal to the water.

  2. OBSERVE — Observe the animal from a distance of at least 50 feet. Keep people and dogs away.

  3. DESCRIBE — Note physical characteristics such as size, presence of external ears and fur color. Assess the animal's condition: Is it weak or skinny? Does it have any open wounds? Look for any obvious identification tags or markings.

  4. LOCATE — Determine the animal's exact location for accurate reporting.

  5. CALL — Call The Marine Mammal Center with as much information as you have.

Our Rescue 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:
(831) 633-6298

In San Luis Obispo County:
(805) 771-8300

In Hawai‘i (for Hawaiian monk seal sightings):
(808) 987-0765

     

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