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What to do if you find a stranded marine mammal on the beach or shore

If you find a live stranded marine mammal contact the RSPCA immediately on:

0300 1234 999

or Welsh Marine Life Rescue (WMLR) on:
01646 692943

or British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on:
01825 765546

If the animal is dead then contact The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) on:
The National Strandings Line: 0800 6520333

Download the CSIP leaflet, including a species identification chart, can be downloaded at

Information needed:
•    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



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