I have found a live stranded porpoise, dolphin or whale on the beach? What shall I do?
Please inform as soon as you can British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). There is a 24 hour hotline and an on call coordinator available for the whole of the UK, who will take your details.
BDMLR hotline: 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (out of hours)
The coordinator will inform trained Marine Mammal Medics (MMM) in the area concerned to come and assess the situation and to organise the rescue of the animal concerned. If possible, please stay in the area of the injured animal until help arrives. Don’t push the animal back into the water, as it needs to be assessed first and might drown. Animals strand for a reason and we need to find out why to help them adequately. Whales and dolphins are intelligent sentient beings and mammals, like you and me. They need to breath and they are certainly afraid and confused. Make sure you stay away from the tail and don’t step on the fins. They might not breath for quite a while. The bigger the animal the lower the normal breathing rate, which can mean some big whales won’t breath for half an hour or even longer. Don’t bend over the blowhole. You can keep the body temperature of the animal in a normal range and avoid skin injuries by keeping it wet using wet cloths, algae, kelp etc. Don’t pure water over the blowhole. Keep onlookers and pets away. Talk to the animal in a calm and reassuring manor. Treat the animal the same way you would treat a relative of yours.