found a beached marine mammal, what should I do?
Pinnipeds divide their time between the ocean and the beach, returning
to shore to rest, mate, give birth, and for some species molt their
fur. Seals and sea lions will come ashore, as well, to stay warm
and dry when feeling ill. Because they seek rest on the beach for a
variety of reasons, not all seals and sea lions on the beach require
intervention. Below are steps to follow if you DO see a seal or sea
lion on the beach:
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Marine mammals are protected by Federal
Law and it is unlawful
for unauthorized persons to handle them. Do not touch or feed
the animal. Do not try to return the animal to the water. If
the animal is ill, it has come on shore to be warm and dry.
Feeding a severely malnourished animal can actually harm them!
KEEP OTHERS AWAY
To assure the safety of the public and the animal, please keep
others and their pets away from the Pinniped. These are wild
animals and they do bite, allowing the opportunity for disease
MAKE NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS From a minimum distance of 100 feet, observe the animal's physical
and behavioral characteristics such as approximate length,
weight, fur color, and the presence or absence of external
ear flaps. This will help us determine the rescue equipment
and the number of volunteers needed. Observe the overall appearance
of the animal. Is the animal so thin that you can see its ribs
and hip bones? Are there visible wounds? Does the animal have
any identification tags or markings?
DETERMINE THE EXACT LOCATION
For accurate directions, determine the exact location of the
stranded animal. We will not be able to help the animal if
we are unable to find it.
LOCATE THE NEAREST PHONE
From the nearest phone, call Pacific Marine Mammal Center immediately
Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research