Stranded Marine Mammals & the Marine Mammal Protection Act

Things YOU can do for a Stranded Marine Mammal

  1. Don’t Touch! Do not touch, pick up or feed the animal. They are wild animals, and can bite. They also are easily stressed by humans. Do not return the animal to the water.
  2. Observe & Describe. Observe the animal from a distance of at least 50 feet. Keep people and dogs away. Note physical characteristics such as size, presence of external earflaps and fur color. Note the animal’s condition. Is it weak or underweight? Are there open wounds? Does the animal have any obvious identification tags or markings?
  3. Note Location & Call. Determine the exact location of the animal in order to provide accurate directions. Call the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center at 707-951-4722 with the information you have gathered.