You don't need to be an expert to help us identify a stranded animal. Photos, basic observations and location all provide useful data.
If you find a dead whale, dolphin or porpoise please report it to the local coast guard and then to us using our Whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings form PDF (244.9 KB)
The form can be returned by post or email.
Some basic measurements (or estimations), observations and photos can be an enormous help. However, always keep your own safety in mind. Avoid touching dead animals and beware of hazards on the beach such as dangerous rocks and rising tides.
If the animal is still fresh check to see if it is in a position where it could be retrieved for post-mortem.
Even a photo taken by a smart phone can be invaluable. If you have no way to take pictures, some basic descriptions can help, such as:
Close-up of the baleen inside the mouth of a gray whale.
These are really important as they give us a definite identification.
If you find a live stranded marine animal, please contact the following authorities:
If you find dead stranded marine animal, please contact:
Whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings form PDF (244.9 KB)
England (seals and turtles)
Zoological Society of London
Wales (all species)
Marine Environmental Monitoring
Scotland (all species)
SAC Veterinary Services
Tel: 01463 243030
Tel: 07979 245893 (out of hours)
Cornwall (all species)
Cornish Wildlife Trust Strandings Network
Tel: 0845 2012626