You have found a live-stranded cetacean (whale, dolphin or porpoise) on the beach?

What can you do to help?

  1. Approach the animal calmly and carefully. Keep away from the tail!
  2. Shield the animal from unnecessary noise and disturbance. People, dogs and wild animals should be kept at a distance.
  3. Do not move the animal by pulling on its fins or tail. But stabilize its upright position by digging trenches under the pectoral fins (flippers), or by propping it against wet towels. Make sure the blowhole (on top of the head) is always above the water surface!
  4. Check that the blowhole is free, carefully remove any sand or other things if necessary.
  5. Keep the animal wet. Cover it with sheets or towels if possible, douse it with water. Make sure the blowhole is never covered, and do not pour water over it! Provide shade if possible.
  6. Call professional help! A list of institutions responsible for cetacean rescue in the ASCOBANS Area is provided below. The experts of these "stranding networks" are especially trained how to respond to stranding emergencies. They must decide about medical care and if the animal can be returned into the ocean. Provide detailed information about location, weather conditions and the animal affected.
  7. Do not attempt to release the animal into the ocean before the rescue team has arrived. Stay with the animal and keep providing the first aid as outlined above until they can take over.

 

Responsible for Cetacean Rescue:

Belgium

MUMM - Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models

Tel. 059 70 01 31 (office hours)

Outside office hours:
Tel. 0477 25 90 06
Tel. 0473 953059
Tel. 0475 46 60 68

 

Denmark

Telephone number: 1812

More information on this website.

 

Finland

There is no stranding network in Finland. On a voluntary basis, these institutions might be able to help:

 

France

[to come]

 

Germany

There is no stranding network in Germany. Please call the police, or the nearest nature conservation authority or national park administration.

Es gibt in Deutschland keine zentralen Ansprechpartner. Bitte verständigen Sie die Polizei, oder die nächstgelegene Naturschutzbehörde oder Nationalparkverwaltung.

 

Lithuania

Telephone number: +370 646 21322

Lithuanian Sea Museum

Smiltynės str. 3, LT-93100

Klaipėda

http://www.muziejus.lt/

 

Netherlands

SOS Dolfijn

Telephone number: 06 - 650 98 576

http://www.sosdolfijn.nl/

 

Poland

Hel Marine Station of the Institute of Oceanography

University of Gdansk

Morska 2

PL - 84-150 Hel

Telephone number: +48 58 6750 836

Contact person: Iwona Pawliczka, email iwona.pvp@ug.edu.pl , tel : +48 58 67 51 316

 

United Kingdom

England & Wales:  

  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue: 
    Weekdays 9am-5pm: 01825 765546 
    All other times and Bank Holidays: 07787 433412
  • RSPCA: 0300 1234999
  • Welsh Marine Life Rescue: 01646 692943

Scotland: 

  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue: 
    Weekdays 9am-5pm: 01825 765546 
    All other times and Bank Holidays: 07787 433412
  • SSPCA: 03000 999 999

Northern Ireland:

  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue: 
    Weekdays 9am-5pm: 01825 765546 
    All other times and Bank Holidays: 07787 433412
  • Portrush Coastal Zone 028 70823600

 

Sweden

[to come]