Injured and alive

If you come across an injured animal report it to:


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.

If the animal appears alive please report it to:

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.

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. If the pup is touched and moved it will often result in it being abandoned.

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.

Dead animals

Contact the Countryside rangers to arrange the disposal of dead animals from public places, this includes wild mammals and birds washed up on beaches. However, we won't collect dead pet animals from houses, this is the responsibility of the owner.

If you come across any dead marine animal, please report it to