Marine strandings

Sometimes it's possible to rescue stranded animals if they are still alive. Reports of dead animals are also incredibly useful for scientific research and it's critical that this is also reported quickly before it is washed away by the next tide. The Cornwall Wildlife Trust investigate strandings of seals, dolphins, whales, porpoises, sharks, turtles etc, but also are also happy to receive reports of birds, jellyfish, Portuguese Men of War etc.

What you can do to help

  • If you find a live, stranded animal in difficulty please call British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) immediately on: 01825 765546.
  • In the unlikely event that you are witness to wildlife disturbance or harassment, call the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group 24 hour disturbance hotline 0345 2012626. A verbal report should be supported with video footage and/or photographic evidence if possible.
  • If you find dead marine animals please call Cornwall Wildlife Trust immediately on 0345 201 2626 or email immediately via