Stranded Cetaceans

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

British & European strandings. Telephone numbers to report stranded whales and dolphins.

Every year, scores of, numbers of over a hundred, whales and dolphins (cetaceans) are found stranded alive or washed up dead around the shore of the British Isles.  These vary in size from a still born Porpoise under three metres in length to huge Sperm Whales which can attain a length of over 15 metres and a weight of up to 50 tonnes.



 
The National Whale Stranding Recording Scheme
Link to the Sea Watch Foundation official Web Site
Collaborative UK Marine Mammal and Turtle Strandings Project



 
?  What to do if you find a stranded whale or dolphin  ?

If you find a LIVE stranded or injured whale or dolphin on the beach you must send for help QUICKLY. A whale or dolphin stranding is an emergency and the speed of response by a professional rescue team is perhaps the most crucial factor in determining whether or not an animal can be returned to the sea alive.

Identification Key for Stranded Cetaceans


EMERGENCY NUMBERS FOR LIVE CETACEAN STRANDINGS
ENGLAND
WALES
SCOTLAND
IRELAND
0300 1234 999
0300 1234 999
0131 339 0111
See Below
CORNWALL
JERSEY
GUERNSEY
SHETLANDS
0845 201 2626
01534 724331
00 44 1481 257261

Would you know what to do if you found a whale stranded on a beach?
Each year anywhere between five and 50 whales, dolphins and porpoises are washed up on Britain's beaches.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a volunteer charity, was set up in 1998 to rescue them.

BBC News Report on How to Rescue a Stranded Cetacean (Link)



 
 
 
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
01825  765546

 

The UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) has been running since 1990 and is funded by Defra and the Devolved Administrations. They coordinate the investigation of all whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans), marine turtles and basking sharks that strand around the UK coastline. As well as documenting each individual stranding, we also retrieve a proportion for investigation at post-mortem to allow us to establish a cause of death. The data and samples collected during the course of our research have also facilitated a large number of international collaborations, which have addressed a wide range of scientific questions.

CSIP Stranded (Dead) Animal Call Line: 0800 6520333

More Stranded Animal Report Numbers (Link)

TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR DEAD CETACEAN STRANDINGS
ENGLAND
WALES
SCOTLAND
IRELAND
0207 942 5155 
01348 875000 
01463 243030
See Below
CORNWALL
JERSEY
GUERNSEY
SHETLANDS
 0845 201 2626
 01534 724331
00 44 1481 727967

UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP)

IF YOU FIND A STRANDED MARINE ANIMAL, PLEASE CONTACT THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES:
FOR LIVE STRANDINGS 

England & Wales:  RSPCA  0300 1234999
   British Divers Marine Life Rescue  01825 765546
Scotland:  SSPCA  0131 3390111
 

FOR DEAD STRANDINGS 
England (cetaceans):  Natural History Museum  0207 9425155
England (seals & turtles):  Zoological Society of London  0207 4496672
Wales (all species):  Marine Environmental Monitoring  01348 875000
Scotland (all species):  SAC Veterinary Services 

01463 243030
or
07979 245893 (out of hours)

Scotland:

If you find a DEAD, stranded marine animal please call 01463 243030 or 07979 245893. 
Rescue for LIVE strandings can be called 24 hours a day through: Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline (03000 999 999) or British Divers Marine Life Rescue (01825 765546).












The following telephone numbers are the ones recommended:

ENGLAND AND WALES
RSPCA Emergency Number - 0300 1234 999
British Divers Marine Life Rescue - UK National Hotline    01825  765546
CORNWALL
0845 201 2626
SCOTLAND
Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit  - 
Scottish Hotline     01261 851696 / 851815 (24 hrs)

SSPCA  0131 339 0111

IRELAND

Irish Live Strandings Guide:
http://www.iwdg.ie/strandings.asp?cat=31&search=

North Coast/Northern Ireland.
For advice and on-site assistance (where possible).
Ian Enlander. Tel: 048 9054 6610
Jim Allen: Tel: 048 7034 7282 
East Coast.
For advice and on-site assistance. 
Dave Wall. Tel: 087 2977931. 
South Coast.
For advice and on-site assistance. 
Dr. Emer Rogan. Tel: 087 699 5314.
Padraig Whooley. Tel: 086 3850568.
West Coast.
For advice and on-site assistance (where possible). Also Rescue Pontoons.
Dr. Simon Berrow. Tel: 086 8545450. 
................................................. 
The IWDG also has a network of Local Contacts who will offer help and advice and (where possible) assist on site. 
Finally you should also contact your local wildlife/heritage officer. 
Dúchas. Tel: (01) 647 2404.
 

Jersey the JSPCA deal with live strandings Tel 01534 724331
 

The next numbers are the ones to use if the previous numbers are unavailable for some reason:

Environment Agency Emergency Number - 0800 807 060
Sea Watch Foundation, instruction and telephone numbers:
http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/strandings.htm

Most of the cetaceans washed up are already dead. Some are on amenity beaches and the Local Authority soon gets informed. However, others are on remote beaches, sometimes in inaccessible coves. The urgency is not important in these cases, but records are being kept of all cetaceans washed up. If you have a digital camera, take a photograph and note the following information: 

Adur Council workers using the standard tarpaulin method for removing a Common Dolphin from Shoreham beach 2001

  • Please give your name and number. 
  • An accurate description of where the animal is. 
  • What you think the animal is. 
  • An approximate length of the animal. 
  • Condition of the carcass: i.e. freshly dead, slight decomposition, moderate decomposition, advanced decomposition
and report the find on the following telephone numbers:
 
 
TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR DEAD CETACEAN STRANDINGS
ENGLAND
WALES
SCOTLAND
IRELAND
0207 942 5155 
01348 875000 
01463 243030
See Below
CORNWALL
JERSEY
GUERNSEY
SHETLANDS
 
 01534 724331
00 44 1481 727967

 

England and Wales

Natural History Museum   0207 942 5155 9 (Mondays to Fridays only)

Scotland
Deceased cetaceans should be reported to the Scottish Agricultural College
(SAC) on 01463 243030

Ireland

Irish Whale and Dolphin Strandings Scheme
E-mail: strandings@iwdg.ie 
Dave Wall
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
ICSS Online Strandings Database
Tel: 087 2977931 
Dr. Simon Berrow
Merchants Quay, Kilrush, Co Clare.
Tel: 086 8545450 
Dr. Emer Rogan
Dept. of Zoology & Animal Ecology, UCC, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 087-6995314 or 021 4904197
 
 

As the Natural History Museum have an answerphone system in operation, you may also wish to inform the following groups who will be interested in your discoveries:

Seaquest SW now coordinates responses to strandings (and welcomes records of sightings ) of marine life in the south west.

Cornwall now has a dedicated 24 hour hotline for reporting cetacean strandings which is 

0845 201 2626. 

Seals alive or dead should be reported to the 
National Seal Sanctuary 01326 221 361.

For Devon strandings should be reported to Gavin Black at the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre at Devon WT 01392 279244, but if you cannot get through then contact Lindy Hingley on 01803 771092 or the National Marine Aquarium 01752 600301, where my colleague Rolf Williams or myself will deal with it.
 

Regional groups keep their own records, so they will appreciate it if they are informed. 
 

The British Marine Life Study Society are interested for our news pages where the most unusual and interesting of whale and dolphin strandings and other aspects of marine life: turtles, swarms of jellyfish, unusual angling captures, sharks and whales seen at sea, as well as anything that lives one the shore and beneath the waves.

The contact telephone number for reports is: 01273 465433

The Email address which is often better for the general (less newsworthy) discoveries is:

Glaucus@hotmail.com

The following eforums can be used to report marine life including cetaceans:

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group
Group Home:  http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/Glaucus

UK Cetnet
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UKCetnet

Marine Mammals of the English Channel
http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/mammal

Cornish Wildlife
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CornishWildlife

 

 

Channel Islands and Normandy Strandings
In Jersey the JSPCA deal with live strandings Tel 01534 724331
and, or e mail jspcaed@itl.net. Dead mammals should be reported to the Societe Jersiaise "Marine Mammal Group" 01534 743740 (Keith Pyman) or 01534 758314 (Office).

We do have a list of strandings over the years, this should be on line shortly, The local Marine Conservation Society are trained marine mammal medics.
I know Gérard Mauger of GECC was trying some time ago to collate all information on the Baie de Mont St. Michel and Normandy strandings for a paper or publication, I forwarded all our current Jersey information to him.
Regards Nicolas Jouault
Normandy strandings should be reported to:
Centre d'Innovation Technologique
Rue Louis Aragon / 50130 CHERBOURG-OCTEVILLE
Tél : 02.33.01.40.60 / Fax : 02.33.01.40.30
Portable : 06.62.18.40.60
Visit GECC allied in research with the Societe Jersiaise
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/gecc/english/welcome.html

Guernsey

Marine Mammal Casualty Guidance Notes
Emergency Call-outs
The call-out procedure is simplified and defined in the enclosed flow-chart.
However, in the event of a live stranding the following persons/organisations should always be notified, in this order:
1. Call the GSPCA
The GSPCA is the first point of contact for Emergency First Aid (Tel: 257261).  The GSPCA carries a special whale and dolphin rescue pontoon and also has qualified marine mammal medics.  If for any reason you cannot get through on this line then call the Director of Operations, Jayne Le Cras on Mobile: 07781 100081.
A veterinary surgeon should also be in attendance.
Suggested contacts:
John A Knight, B.Vet.Med, MRCVS - Tel: 252943 (Vetcare Centres)
or
David Chamberlain - Tel: 723863 (Route Isabelle Veterinary Practice)
2. If you are unable to contact the GSPCA then please try:
La Société Guernesiaise
Martin Gavet, Marine Mammal Recorder and qualified marine mammal medic (Tel: 727967).
 

3. If you are unable to contact any of the above then please try:
Guernsey Fire Brigade
The Guernsey Fire Brigade also has qualified marine mammal medics and has appropriate equipment.  You should ask them to ensure that a qualified marine mammal medic is in attendance.
Tel: 724491.
States Works Department
Please ask them to ensure that a qualified marine mammal medic is in attendance.
Tel: 246263
 



 
Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit
http://www.crru.org.uk/
 
 

If you find a LIVE stranded or injured whale or dolphin on the beach you must send for help QUICKLY. A whale or dolphin stranding is an emergency and the speed of response by a professional rescue team is perhaps the most crucial factor in determining whether or not an animal can be returned to the sea.

Telephone for help as soon as possible, making sure the caller can give an accurate location and description of the animal. Preferably, telephone BDMLR on 01825 767688 or the CRRU on 01261 851696. Alternatively, you can contact your nearest Police station or local SSPCA (Scotland) / RSPCA (England & Wales) office with details. They should know what to do.

Link for Further Information on Strandings (click on this text)
 

BRITISH DIVERS MARINE LIFE RESCUE REPORT NUMBER FOR LIVE MARINE MAMMALS:

01825  765546
 
 


NEW NUMBER:
 
Charlie Phillips
Interpretation Officer
Dolphin & Seal Research & Visitor Centre
North Kessock
Inverness.
EMail:dolphincentre@lineone.net
Dolphins & Seals of the Moray Firth

ORCA   Organisation Cetacea

UK & Celtic Marine Mammal Project



 



The Collaborative Celtic & UK Marine Strandings project

http://www.strandings.com/index1.html
 
 

Cetacean Research (& Rescue) Unit (CRRU)
P.O. Box 11307 Banff  AB45 3WB SCOTLAND
TEL/FAX  (44) 1261 851696
EMERG (44) 7786 925401
EMAIL mailbox@crru.org.uk, WEB http://www.crru.org.uk/
 



 

EUROPEAN CONTACT ADDRESSES & TELEPHONE NUMBERS
FOR REPORTING CETACEAN SIGHTINGS & STRANDINGS

(These are probably out of date)

Germany

Please find the web page (in German):
http://www.cetacea.de/science/sightings/index.htm

Norway: Norsk Institut for Naturforskning - MNA, University of Oslo, P0 Box 1037,

 Blindern, 0315 Oslo 3 (Tel. No.47-2-854515) (strandings & sightings)

Sweden: Zoological Instituut, University of Stockholm, 10691 Stockholm (strandings & sightings)

Denmark: Zoologisk Museum, Universitetsparken 15, 2100 Kobenhavo (Tel. No.45-35-321000)
(strandings & sightings)

United Kingdom: Sea Watch Foundation, Dr PGH Evans, Zoology Dept.,
 University of Oxford, Soutn Parks Road, Oxford OX! 3P5 (Tel. No.01865-727984) (sightings)

England & Wales: Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park, London NW! 4RY
(Tel. No.44-71 -581457 or 071-722-3333, extn. 891) or

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London 5W7 5BD
(Tel. No.44-171-938-8861/ 9431) (strandings)

Scotland:  Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Investigation Centre, Drummondhill,
Inverness (Tel. No.01463-243030) (strandings)

Northern Ireland: The Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast (Tel. No.01232-381251) (strandings)

Republic of Ireland: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Zoology Dept., University College Cork,
Lee Maltings, Cork (Tel. No.351-21-276871) (strandings & sightings)

Netherlands: Natural History Museum, Postbus 9517,2300 RA Leiden (31-71 - 175006) (strandings)

Belgium:
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of the North 
Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM)
3e en 23e Linieregimentsplein
B-8400 Ostend, Belgium
tel.: +32 (0)59.70.01.31

fax: +32 (0)59.70.49.35
or mobile phone: +32 (0)477.25.90.06 or +32 (0)475.46.60.68
email: J.Haelters@mumm.ac.be

Jan Haelters
Previously:  Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laboratorium voor Ecotoxicologie, Pleinlaan 2,
1050 Brussels (Tel. No.32-2-641-3414) (strandings)  

France: Musee Oceanographique, Port des Minimes, 17000 La Rochelle
(Tel. No.33-46-45-1787) (strandings & sightings)

Portugal: Servico Nacional de Parques, Reservas e Conservacao da Natureza,
Rua Filipe Folque 46~3o, 1000 Lisboa (Tel. No.351-1-3523018) (strandings & sightings)

Spain: Dept. de Biologfa Animal (Vertebrats), Facultad de Biologia, Universidat de Barcelona,
 Diagonal 645, 08071 Barcelona (Tel. No.34-3-4021453) (strandings & sightings)

Italy:  Museo Historia Naturale, Corso Venezia 55, Milano 20121 (Tel. No.39-2-6208-5405)
(strandings)

Instituto Tethys, Via Giusti 5, 20154 Milano (Tel. No.39-2-314403) (sightings)
















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Information about carcasses and live specimens wanted:

1)  Species (a photograph is always helpful).
2)  Length
3)  Location, including grid ref. if possible. Also, information about access to the site.
4)  State of the tide (important).
5)  Date found.

Information from the Autumn 1993 issue of Glaucus.
Strandings telephone number update for turtles and seahorses scheduled
from the Vernal/Summer 1997 issue of Glaucus.


British Whales & Dolphins
CBRU Stranded Dolphins Information
Cetacean Book Reviews
Cetaceans Page
Cetaceans Information (Shetland Isles Wildlife News)
Natural History Museum, London.

Sea Watch Foundation (UK Mammal Society Cetacean Group)

Enquiries should be sent ot the Sea Watch Foundation.



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