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A Blue View: Why Animals Strand

All About National Aquarium Animal Rescue
The National Aquarium Animal Rescue Program is a member of the Northeast Stranding Network (NERS) through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Aquarium is one facility among a network of nationally recognized facilities that work cooperatively to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.

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Report any live marine mammal strandings or mortalities to the local stranding response facility. In Maryland, call the Natural Resources Police at 1-800-628-9944.

If you do find a stranded dolphin or other aquatic animal, wait for directions from the local stranding responder – do not touch the animal or try to return it to the water. Doing so could cause more harm.

Make a donation to a local stranding response organization. Events like this require a lot of basic equipment, supplies, and fees for processing tissue samples.

Boston Globe, Stranded Sea Turtles on Road to Recovery, Warmer Waters
National Aquarium, Dolphin Stranding Update: Tentative Cause of Unusual Mortality Event Determined
NBC News, Big break in dolphin die-off: It's an 'outbreak' of measles-like virus
NBC Southern California, Cause of Southern California Sea Lion Pup Strandings to Be Investigated
New England Aquarium, Why Do Animals Strand?
NOAA, 2013 California Sea Lion Unusual Mortality Event in California
NOAA, Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events

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