Rescuing Marine Mammals

Ghost gear continues to catch and trap sea life, injuring and killing them. Marine mammal rescue is critical to survival.

Rescue - Rehabilitate - Release

The Threats To Marine Mammals

  • Entanglement in Pollution - From domestic plastic waste to ghost fishing gear that continues to catch, kill or injure marine life.

  • Malnutrition - as a result of overfishing or becoming separated from the mother during weaning, or illness

  • Boat Strikes - Larger boats often don't spot marine mammals and upon impact they can cause severe injury or even death.

  • Illness - Quite often cases of toxic algae poisoning or bacterial infections.

Read more about what you should do if you find a stranded marine mammal here... 

    Seal Stretching

    Why do marine mammals strand themselves?

    All too commonly we hear stories of whales and dolphins stranding themselves on beaches around the world. Despite these numerous events there isn't always a clear cut answer as they why they do this.

    In some cases the mammal in question is sick and might be unable to swim anymore. Quite often there will be multiple stranded marine mammals after a large toxic algae bloom or if a disease has spread throughout a pod. Similarly if there is a reduced amount of food around leading to malnutrition the creatures will end up stranding themselves, unable to swim against the currents.

    Disorientation is also occasionally to blame. Sometimes if a whale or dolphin is involved in an accident with a ship they can be injured or become confused. 

    There are even recorded occasions of some marine mammals, like orcas, purposefully stranding themselves when chasing their prey. With seals being a favorite of the orca, they will chase them through the surf zone and up onto the beach where the prey will likely stumble a little making the transition from sea to land. 

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    The Marine Mammal Centre

    This month we are going to be donating 10% of profits to The Marine Mammal Centre to support the amazing work that they do rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing marine mammals.

    10% of profits from April 2020 go to the Marine Mammal Centre

    Since opening in 1975 the Marine Mammal Centre has rescued and treated more than 19,500 elephant seals, sea lions, harbor seals, and other marine mammals that get stranded along 600 miles of California coastline. On average they rescue between 600 - 800 marine mammals each year! 

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