How to Handle a Marine Mammal Stranding

To report a live or dead whale, dolphin, porpoise, or seal, please call the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 252-455-9654 and provide the following information:

1) Your name and phone number.

2) Location of the animal (exact address or cross street and/or Lat/Long if available)

3) Alive or Dead

4) Body Condition (fresh or really decomposed)

5) Approximate size / how many people would it take to lift it?

Do NOT attempt to push a marine mammal back out to sea. Most strandings occur when a marine mammal is sick or injured. Pushing the animal back can put both you and the animal at risk.

To learn more about Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events, click here for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

To respond to other marine life found, please refer to the list below.  Thanks to our friends at NC Aquariums on Roanoke Island:

Sea Turtles:
NEST (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles)

Roanoke Island Animal Hospital 252.473.3117
or Dare County SPCA: 252-475-5620

Tagged Fish: 1-800-682-2632
Mola Mola & Sharks: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island: 252.473.3494