Mammals on the beach
Seals: Watch from a distance
Do not approach the animal. Seals regularly haul out on our coasts – it is part of their normal behaviour. Therefore, finding a seal on the beach does not mean there is necessarily a problem. A healthy seal should be left well alone. However, if you see a seal that may be abandoned, thin or ill, then call the RSPCA for advice and assistance. Always keep dogs on a lead near injured seals and do not touch them as they could give a nasty bite.
Dolphins, whales and porpoises
A whale, dolphin or porpoise stranded on the beach is not a usual occurrence. These animals do not beach themselves under normal circumstances, and they will require assistance. Please do not return them to the sea as they may need a period of recovery before they are fit enough to swim strongly. Anyone finding a stranded dolphin, whale or porpoise should report it immediately to the CSIP. Remember to take great care when approaching stranded animals because of possible disease transmission.
RSPCA hotline: 0300 1234 999
UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) 0800 652 033
Visit the website – www.ukstrandings.org