Our Marine Animal Rescue Team responds to calls to provide medical treatment for whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea turtles. We rescue and rehabilitate the animals, and when they are healthy enough, we release them back into the wild.
A marine animal is considered stranded when it is out of the ocean and unable to survive without assistance. Any whale, dolphin or porpoise on a beach would be considered stranded. But, since seals and sea turtles are semi-aquatic, these animals are only considered stranded when they are on a beach and are also sick or injured.
When three or more whales, dolphins or porpoises strand at once, this is known as a mass stranding. No one knows why these animals strand in large numbers, but it may be related to their social nature.
Strandings can occur at any time of the year, but the animals that are likely to strand varies from month to month.