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Sea Turtles & Marine Mammals

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Maryland’s Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding 24-Hour Hotline: 800-628-9944

  • Call 800-628-9944 to report all (live or dead) stranded sea turtles or marine mammals including manatees, dolphins, whales, porpoise and seals.
  • 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 (Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Project)
  • For more information, visit aqua.org/care/national-aquarium-animal-rescue

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