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Stranded marine animals on the beach…Do’s and DON’T’s

In trouble?  Or just taking a nap?

In trouble? Or just taking a nap?

It is quite common that local residents and visitors to our beaches occasionally come across what appears to be a stranded marine animal – a seal, sea lion, otter, sea turtle…even a porpoise. In some cases, the animal belongs right where it is because it’s resting after a stressful escape from a predator or from some other issue.

There are many do’s and don’t’s when encountering these creatures, and they’re not as simple as you might think. Some encounters require that you just keep moving on down the beach with your dog on a VERY SHORT LEASH. In other instances you should get on your cellphone and call for help on the “Stranded Marine Animal” hotline.

Here’s some information that should become second nature for you if you’re a permanent resident or even if you’re only visiting our beaches for the week or weekend. Click here.

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