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Marine Strandings

For strandings of live marine animals, please call:
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 01825 765546 (24 hours)

RSPCA on 03001234999

For strandings of dead animals: 
In Devon please contact Devon Biodiversity Records Centre on 01392 274128

In Cornwall please contact the marine strandings network Hotline 08452012626 (24 hours) or visit the marine strandings network website.

Devon and Cornwall Police please phone 101, or email on

GreysealpupThe CRN project monitors strandings of marine wildlife.

A team of volunteers in Devon are trained to attend dead strandings of marine life including whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, seals, turtles and fish. Vital information is recorded and photos taken. Where suitable, we may arrange for the animal to be sent for autopsy at the Natural History museum in London with whom we work closely and share information as part of the Natural History Museum’s UK Whale and Dolphin Stranding Scheme.

View the latest marine strandings

If you come across a marine stranding, please call the appropriate number from the list above immediately so that trained volunteers can attend quickly to attempt a rescue of live casualties, or to fully record dead ones before the tide removes them. This will enable us to monitor numbers and indicate which various factors are affecting populations.

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