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What To Do If An Animal Needs Rescuing


What You Need To Do

If you see a marine mammal that you believe is in distress:

1. Stay back
2. Keep people and pets away
3. Call the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at 604-258-SEAL (7325)

Rescue situations, and their recommended courses of action, vary dramatically depending on the species concerned. Other critical factors are also involved, such as age, behaviour, location and apparent health. Please don't try to help an animal on your own.

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Whales, dolphins, and porpoises don’t normally spend any time on land. If you see any stranded cetacean, call 604-258-SEAL (or emergency phone 604-862-1647) immediately.

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Seals and sea lions often spend time on land and don't necessarily need rescuing. Keep pets away and don't attempt to push it back into the water.

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Sea Otter

It’s important to know if you’re observing a sea otter or a river otter in order to determine if they require assistance. Be wary, as they can be aggressive.


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