Why do we record strandings?

The stranding data we collect provides important information about cetacean populations and lifestyles, as well as highlighting early warnings of threats to cetaceans in UK waters.

Around the UK you can find 17 species of whale, seven species of dolphin and one species of porpoise. These creatures are collectively known as cetaceans. Every year between 350-800 wash up on beaches and banks.

These events provide a rare opportunity to study cetaceans. By cataloguing details about stranded animals, we can learn more about their lifestyle and the threats they face

The Museum has been recording strandings for 100 years, during which time strandings have dramatically increased around the UK.

The Museum's cetacean strandings project is part of the UK-wide Cetacean Strandings Investigation Program (CSIP).