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Marine Strandings


Live marine animals:

British Diver Marine Live Rescue - for live stranded whales, dolphins and seals. BDMLR are a network of volunteers trained as marine mamal medics who respond to call outs for stranded live animals. If you find a live stranded animal please note the location, state of the tide and any injuries you can see without getting close before calling.

For more information visit:

Contact: BDMLR: 01825 765546 (during office hours)

After 5pm weekdays, at weekends and on Bank Holidays, contact: 07787 433412 (Please note this number does not receive texts or photos.)

Cornwall Seal Sanctuary can be contacted for advice on live injured or distressed seals.

For more information visit:

Contact: Cornwall Seal Sanctuary: 01326 221 361

RSPCA - can be contacted for live birds and other marine life in need of rescue and treatment.

For more information visit:

Contact: RSPCA: 0300 123 4999 (24 hours)

Dead marine animals:

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Marine Strandings Network is the licensed recorder for marine strandings in Cornwall. The network is made up of over 100 volunteers who record all reported strandings, aiming to continue to develop the database by recording and photographing all stranded cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises), seals, basking sharks and turtles. Data is also collected on all stranded marine life. The information gathered from the MSN provides important indicators about the marine environment and its inhabitants health.

For more information visit:

Contact: CWT Marine Strandings Network: 0345 201 2626 (24 hours)

Live animals being harassed or disturbed:

If you witness any marine wildlife (including their habitats) experiencing disturbance or harrassment, please contact the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group who aim to raise awareness and thus minimise the effect of human encounters to marine and coastal wildlife. If possible, when making a report, provide photos and video evidence.

For more information visit:

Contact: Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code: 0345 201 2626 (24 hours)


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