The Museum has been monitoring whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings in the UK for 100 years. During that time more than 14,000 animals have been reported to us, giving us a unique insight into their lifestyle and the threats they face.
If you find a stranded whale, dolphin or porpoise, you can get involved by recording some important details that will help us learn more about our marine mammals.
What would you do if you found a stranded whale or dolphin on your local beach? Find out how you can help.
Discover how monitoring whale and dolphin strandings can tell us more about their behaviour and ecology.
Find out how the Museum got involved with the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP).
Explore the UK's whale, dolphin and porpoise species.
A conference that was held in September 2013 to celebrate cetacean discoveries over the last century.
If you find a dead whale, dolphin or porpoise on the English or Welsh coastline please report it to the local coast guard and the Museum's strandings team.
Natural History Museum
Tel: 0207 942 5155
All whales, dolphins and porpoises are cetaceans. The name comes from the Latin 'cetus', meaning 'large sea animal'. Cetaceans are marine mammals.
A sea creature washed up on a beach or river bank that can't get back out to sea becomes known as a stranding. Animals may wash up already dead, or die as a result of becoming stranded.