Vessel assisting a stranded whale. (Photo: T. Jacobs/NOAA)
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is the lead agency coordinating marine mammal stranding response . Each region also has a specific organization that conducts necropsies of stranded mammals to attempt to determine cause of death. To find the organization for your area, visit the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources Stranding Network webpage.
To report entangled or distressed marine mammals, contact the California large whale disentanglement network at: 1-877-SOS-WHALe (1-877-767-9425)