Report A Stranding
To report a stranded or deceased marine mammal call
It is normal for many species of marine mammals to climb out of the water onto a beach or rocks. Call only if the mammal appears to be in some kind of distress or is deceased. If the animal appears healthy, the best thing you can do is to only observe from a distance of at least 100 yards (300 feet), and encourage others in the area to do the same. Federal law requires that you do not approach, disturb or make contact with a marine mammal in any way.
When you call, a specialist at the Nortwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will take your name and number and forward it to one of our investigators. When we call you back, here are some of the questions you may be asked:
DO NOT APPROACH OR MAKE CONTACT WITH THE MARINE MAMMAL!
Although you have the best of intentions, it is a violation of Federal Law to approach or make contact with marine mammals. Making contact is a danger to both you and the mammal. For example, approaching or touching young marine mammals often causes the mother to abandon them. Distressed marine mammals are often ill with diseases that can be transmitted to humans or other animals (such as dogs).
Once you have called, here are some ways that you can help:
Thank you for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.