If you have found a dead whale, dolphin or porpoise on the English coastline it would be really helpful if you could report the stranding to the Museum's stranding team by filling out the Museum's stranding form below and returning it to us by post or by email.
Whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings form PDF (244.9 KB)
A few tips for gathering information about a stranded whale, dolphin or porpoise.
These are really important as they give us a definite identification.
Please take photos
If you can’t go back to measure it, an estimation is better than nothing.
Please see guide
Please provide the
If the animal is still fresh check to see if it is in a position where it could be retrieved by the museum for a post-mortem
If no photo is available, we will need the following information to help us identify the animal:
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If you find a dead whale, dolphin on the English coastline please report it to the local coast guard and the Museum's strandings team.
If you find a live stranded marine animal, please contact the following authorities:
If you find dead stranded marine animal, please contact:
Natural History Museum
Tel: 0207 942 5155
Zoological Society of London
Marine Environmental Monitoring
SAC Veterinary Services
Tel: 01463 243030
Tel: 07979 245893 (out of hours)
Cornish Wildlife Trust Strandings Network
Tel: 0845 2012626