Strandings of Dolphins, Porpoises or Whales
If you see a whale, dolphin, porpoise or seal that is sick, stranded or entangled in fishing gear please do not approach it, keep dogs away from it and report it immediately to the following telephone number, you will be told what to do until help arrives. NEVER try to return any animal to the water as this will more than likely cause it to drown. Keep all dogs away from the animal and try to keep the area as quiet as possible to help reduce stress.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue Headquarters 24hr telephone:
01825 765 546 (Store this in your mobile phone!)
Reporting Dead Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises or Whales
A great deal of valuable information can be learnt from dead stranded marine mammals, often much more than can be learnt from live animals. Please, report any dead marine mammal that you find to the Scottish Strandings Co-ordinator at the Scottish Agricultural College ASAP on 01463 243030 or Western Isles BDMLR on 07818613666. Please keep your dog away from any carcass so that they neither contaminate it nor make themselves ill.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
BDMLR was formed in 1988 when there was a mass mortality of Harbour seals in the Wash area of East Anglia, in England and a group of divers worked together in a bid to rescue the affected seals. Since then they have gained further knowledge and learnt valuable skills in saving marine wildlife and have since developed a national 24 hour marine animal rescue network.
BDMLR is an entirely voluntary organisation and a registered charity that now trains more than 400 volunteers across the UK every year and has one of the best marine life rescue networks in the world.
The charity's most famous rescue was that of the Thames Whale in January 2006.
BDMLR Western Isles
We have been active in the Western Isles since September 2005 as a small group of trained volunteers - Marine Mammal Medics - and have attended a number of call outs to stranded whales, dolphins, porpoises and abandoned seal pups.
We would very much like to increase our numbers of active volunteers in the Western Isles, especially in Harris and the Southern Isles, and are always looking for men and women to train as Marine Mammal Medics on the next training course. You do not have to be a diver, nor have any experience in diving to take part, but you do have to be 16 and over. Under 16s can help in other ways.
You can become involved in anyway that you feel you can and want to. As well as medics we also need help with fundraising, publicity, article writing, research and we always need people to watch out for seal pups and cetaceans that may be in need of help.
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