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Maryland’s Sea Turtle & Marine Mammal

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marp-loggerheadhatchling_62a8186grall---Ntl-Aquarium-Rescue_opt.jpgMaryland’s Sea Turtle & Marine Mammal
Stranding 24-Hour Hotline: 800-628-9944

  • Call the hotline to report all (live or dead) stranded sea turtles or marine mammals including manatees, dolphins, whales, porpoise, seals, etc.)
  • Do not touch, harass, feed or handle live or dead marine animals. Marine mammals and sea turtles are protected by federal and state laws that specify fines of up to $50,000, imprisonment, and/or vessel confiscation.
  • Record your location using latitude/longitude, a street
    address, and a detailed description of your location
    including landmarks.
  • Estimate and record the length, size, color, noticeable body parts, and any movement of the animal.
  • Take photos of the animal.
  • If possible, after reporting a stranding, stand by until a staff person contacts you.
  • If calling from outside Maryland, please use:
    - Live animals: 410-373-0083 (National Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Program)
    - Dead animals: 443-758-6607 (Maryland Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle and Marine Animal Program).
    - For more information, visit or

Sea turtles in Maryland include: Kemp’s Ridley, Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback

Photo courtesy of the National Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue Program, Baltimore, MD.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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