YOU Can Help Stranded Whales and Dolphins

The public has more power than it realizes. Stranded whales and dolphins can be helped, but change will not happen by itself.


The First Step: EDUCATION

Please take some time to learn about strandings. We collected a lot of information on this website, including scientific data, recent research, real-life success cases, techniques and information. Read it to learn about strandings. People often do not realize it, but strandings are crucial for many cetacean species and often means life and death. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation given to the public, but when you are educated, you can help others to understand strandings and learn about what is going on.

The Second Step: Support

Please support rescues and organizations that go out of their way to rescue stranded cetaceans and that have a strong no-kill emphasis. Keep an eye on our postings as we follow live strandings worldwide and never miss the opportunity to give kudos when it is due. Please pay attention to cases where cetaceans were rescued. Support these organizations in any way you can.


The Third Step: Voice Your Opposition to Human Activities That Affect Cetaceans and Make Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Consumption

These activities include military exercises (sonar, explosives, low-flying aircrafts, missiles, rockets, etc.), seismic surveys for oil and gas, surveys for deep-water mining and, in general, activities that introduce noise to the marine environment. Be mindful about and voice your opposition to pollution, overfishing, climate change, boat strikes and other factors that represent additional threats to marine life. Consider making lifestyle changes, drive less, consume less, and be mindful of the environmental impact of products and services you use.

The Fourth Step: Support Non-Invasive and Ethical Research

Please support non-invasive, ethical research that seeks to understand why live strandings happen and what can be done to save more stranded cetaceans, to improve rescue and survival rates and to find ways to prevent live strandings.