Cetacean Strandings

Similar to bats, there are specially trained members of the public who can help care for marine mammals including cetaceans and seals.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is a British charity established in 1988 and is the United Kingdom's leading marine mammal rescue organisation. BDMLR offer Marine Mammal Medic training to willing members of the public who then get added to a list and are contacted in the case of a stranding/marine mammal in trouble.

Strandings typically refer to a cetacean which quite literally strands itself on the beach, sometimes live and sometimes dead - it is largely unknown why cetaceans live strand, however illness, navigational errors and following other pod members into shallow waters (especially pilot whales) are often considered contributing factors.

If you find a LIVE cetacean or seal in trouble, please call the BDMLR Rescue Hotline on:

01825 765546
 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
07787 433412 Out of office hours and Bank Holidays
RSPCA hotline (England & Wales): 0300 1234 999
SSPCA hotline (Scotland): 03000 999 999

If you find a DEAD marine mammal, please contact CSIP hotline on:

0800 6520333

For more information of what to do if you come across a marine mammal in trouble, please visit BDMLR website 

If you are interested in training as a Marine Mammal Medic, please visit the BDMLR training page.

Case Studies: Cetacean Strandings

Over the years Chloe has been a Marine Mammal Medic, she has attended a few strandings across South Wales. 

Please read below for more information.

Species: Short-beaked common dolphin

Year: 2017

Location: West Cross, Swansea

Outcome: Euthanised

Necropsy: Generalised bacteria infection

This common dolphin initially live stranded in Port Talbot a few days previous and was successfully refloated, however the animal restranded in Swansea Bay. After 3 hours supporting the animal in the sea the decision was made to euthanise the animal as breathing became laboured and animal could not keep itself upright.

CSIP collected and results indicated the animal was an older male who had a significant degree of bacterial infection.

©RNLI/Dan Herbert Evans

Species: Short-beaked common dolphin

Year: 2018

Location: Newgale, Pembrokeshire

Outcome: Died

Necropsy: Awaiting results

This common dolphin initially live stranded in Newgale, however died shortly after medics arrived. The dolphin was in poor nutritional state and could not keep itself upright when a member of the public attempted to refloat. 

Awaiting results from CSIP.

© 2018 by Batacea

Bat and Marine Mammal care is all undertaken by us in a voluntary capacity. Donations to put towards care materials (vet treatment, medic equipment etc) are greatly appreciated. Please consider donating by using the Paypal Donate button to the right. Thank you. 

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