Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA Fisheries authorizes organizations and their volunteers in the Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SEUS MMSN) to respond to and rehabilitate live stranded marine mammals and investigate dead stranded marine mammals.  NOAA Fisheries and the SEUS MMSN coordinate responses to stranding events, monitor stranding rates, monitor human-caused mortalities, maintain a stranding database, and conduct investigations to determine the cause of unusual stranding events, such as mass strandings and mortalities. If you see a dead, live stranded, or injured marine mammal in the Southeast U.S., immediately call the Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline: 
1-877-WHALE HELP (1-877-942-5343).

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Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network

To report a stranded live, dead, or injured marine mammal, call: 

Phone:
1-877-WHALE HELP 
               (1-877-942-5343)

How NOAA Fisheries coordinates all marine mammal stranding related activities including stranding networks, response to mortality events, and more.

Did you know pushing a stranded whale or dolphin back out to sea can cause more harm than good? Learn how you can help a stranded marine mammal.  

This network is made of up many volunteers and organizations that respond to and rehabilitate live stranded marine mammals and investigate dead stranded marine mammals.