East Lothian Council

Sick and injured animals

What to do… and who to call.


SealIf you come across an injured animal report it to the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals  - 03000 999 999.

Seal pups. If you come across a seal pup on the shore, keep yourself (and your dog if relevant) away from the seal. Pups wash up on the beaches after they have been born. They are usually in good health and mum is often nearby and will attend her young, but if the pup is touched and moved, it will often result in it being abandoned. If the pup is on a very popular beach, please contact the Countryside Ranger Service at landscapeandcountryside@eastlothian.gov.uk or 01620 827421.

Strandings. What is a stranding?

Some animals die at sea and wash up, others come ashore (strand) alive. Whatever the circumstances, a live whale or dolphin beached on the shore is almost always in danger. They require the support of water and are helpless on land, usually dying within a few hours if not attended to in the right way.

Whales and dolphins are wild animals. They can carry diseases which are transferable to humans, and can cause injury by thrashing their tails. If you come across a whale or dolphin on the shore you should take great care and wait for help.

SheepIf the animal appears alive please call the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals  03000 999 999, or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546

The UK has a "strandings network" of experts who are specially trained in how to deal with stranding emergencies and have vets on hand to help. Their involvement will help to ensure that the stranded animals are treated properly.

Never drag the animal back to the water as this may cause it a serious injury, and keep people and dogs away to reduce any stress that the animal may be experiencing.


If you come across any dead marine animal, please contact at www.strandings.org or call 07979 245893 / 01463 243030

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Telephone: 01620 827279

Fax: 01620 827456

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.