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Marine Mammals & Sea Turtles

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

  • In Maryland call 800-628-9944 to report all (live or dead) stranded sea turtles or marine mammals (including manatees, dolphins, whales, porpoise and seals).
  • If calling from outside Maryland, please use:
  • Live animals: 410-373-0083 (National Aquarium Animal Program)
  • Dead animals: Call or text location and description to 443-758-6607
    (Department of Natural Resources Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Program)
  • 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, and a detailed description of your location including landmarks.
  • Estimate and note the length, size, color, noticeable body parts, and any movement of the animal.
  • Take photos of the animal.
  • For more information, visit

Department biologists conduct necropsy examinations when feasible to determine cause of death, and notification of fresh carcasses is important.

Sea turtles and marine mammals: manatees, seals, dolphins and whales are included in our stranding response protocols.