Marine Mammals

  • Do not touch, pick up, harass, feed, or pour water on the animal. Marine mammals can easily cause harm, and are easily stressed by humans.
  • Do not return the animal to the water. Seals and sea lions temporarily "haul-out" on land to rest.  Harbor seal mothers often leave their pups ashore while they're feeding at sea.  A beached whale, dolphin, or porpoise should be reported immediately.
  • Observe the animal from a distance of at least 50 feet. Keep people and dogs away.
  • Take note of any physical characteristics such as size, presence of external earflaps, and fur color.  This information will help the response team determine the species and what rescue equipment is needed.
  • Take note of the animal's condition. Is it weak and underweight? Are there any open wounds?
  • Does the animal have any obvious identification tags or markings?
  • Determine the exact location of the animal and provide accurate directions. It's not possible to rescue an animal if it cannot be located.
  • Call the Marine Mammal Response Team and provide them with as much information as possible.  310-458-WILD (9453)

If you have found a wild animal that appears to be sick, injured, abandoned or in danger...
Please call our emergency hotline number: 310.458.WILD [9453]!